From the beginning of Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli’s Violation, it’s clear that something terrible is bound to happen. As her marriage falls apart, Miriam (Sims-Fewer) visits her sister and her sister’s husband, but a mistake devolves into something much more evil—and Miriam is forced to navigate unfamiliar territory. Violation follows the convention of the rape-revenge film, a genre that has only grown in popularity in recent years, but it takes a darker approach than many of its counterparts. Violation focuses on the bleakness of surviving abuse and questions what revenge looks like—and how far someone will go to get it. Told in a non-linear style, almost like memories resurfaced after trauma, the film delicately handles the impact abuse has on one’s state of mind. The filmmaking duo is known for tackling topics of abuse—most notably in their harrowing 2018 short film Woman in Stall—and their debut feature film is the culmination of a film career built on interrogating rage, justice, and the intangible promise of catharsis.