Anja Breien's stripped down,
almost documentarian style and nonlinear narrative structure make this
dissection of rape – or rather the indictment and trial of a suspected
rapist – a fascinating watch. Filmed in black and white utilizing lots
of introspective close-ups, quick intercutting and almost no music,
Voldtekt is semi-experimental both aesthetically and thematically,
not least in its factual but reversed rendition of the trial itself. A
clever choice was casting real-life lawyers, most notably renowned
criminal defence counsel Olav Hestenes. This and Svein Sturla Hungnes'
aptly understated performance give the film an authenticity which was
rather unusual for Norsk Film's productions in this time period. The
film effectively underscores the impossible situation an accused can
find himself in, and its continued relevance is a testament to the
timelessness in Breien's focal point.