Vengeance Is Mine
Unsuccessfully trying to close old family wounds on a trip back to the Rhode Island home of her miserable childhood, a troubled young woman (Brooke Adams) finds that her new friendship with a neighbor (Trish Van Devere) has her stuck in another family drama. Hailed as one of the best films of 2022 by New York Magazine, this recently rediscovered slow-burn melodrama (1984) from Yale Emeritus Professor and director Michael Roemer has received nothing but high acclaim since its splashy run at New York’s Film Forum earlier this year. A.S. Hamrah writes: “Michael Roemer is known for only two films, both masterpieces: Nothing But a Man (1964) and The Plot Against Harry (1971) …The rediscovery of a third Roemer feature as good as the others is a cause for celebration, and something of a miracle.” Films at the Whitney is very excited not only to co-present Vengeance is Mine with Treasures from the Yale Film Archive in a new 35mm print struck especially for the YFA, but to also host a post-film Q&A with its writer-director Roemer and star Brooke Adams! A night of historic proportions. 119 minutes.