M.F.A. (2017)

An art student struggling with creativity is violently raped by a fellow classmate. After attempting the traditional routes to cope with her trauma, she impulsively confronts her attacker - a decision that has deadly repercussions. Her… More

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Release Date: October 13, 2017
DVD Release Date: October 13, 2017
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Less a pulse-pounding thriller than a conversation starter about injustice and vigilantism.

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Brian Orndorf

Disturbing, informative, and, at times, maddening.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

While the feminist intention is clear, the idea that either being raped, becoming a serial killer or a combination of both improves her art - and leads to her wanting to paint naked - is egregious.

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Andrew Barker

"M.F.A.'s" themes call for a careful, consistent tone that it is rarely able to maintain, and an increasingly ridiculous third act squanders much of the empathy and engagement that Leite works so hard to build in the early going.

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Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

Brazilian-born filmmaker and actress Natalia Leite bypasses many of the clichés that make genre films featuring sexually based violence against women feel so sleazy.

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Meagan Navarro

An unflinching examination of rape culture from a female perspective.

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Adam Lowes

Packed full of "seriously, they went there?" moments, M.F.A. feels like a reductive response to a far weightier issue.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Director Natalia Leite's ambition and accompanying uncertainty give the film its unruly and resonant energy.

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Fernando Andrés
Film School Rejects

It is difficult to report negatively about a film that focuses on sexual assault when so few films are brave enough to, but when it is handled as poorly and dangerously as it is here, it is important to address its problems head-on.

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