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TIFF 2018 Review: “The Accused” (2018) ★★★


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Isn’t it remarkable living in an era where through a single tweet or post on Facebook we can accuse anyone of anything and not wait for the justice system to do its due rather make judgments based on popular opinion? Many lives have already been broken because of people who, without any evidence, have accused and convicted some poor person for a crime he or she most likely never committed. That’s why “The Accused” from Gonzalo Tobal is an eye-opening and thought-provoking piece that we all must think about.

“The Accused” follows Dolores who’s accused of the cold-blooded murder of her best friend, Camille. There’s no hard evidence that could support her guilt and help the judge to sentence her at least twenty five years in jail. But public opinion has already been formed where she was found guilty on all accounts. However, good or bad, there’s a justice system that exists that decides independently and without any influence. Sadly, by the time when the trial begins, the public begins demanding for blood and the court will have no choice left but to finally dictate a verdict that should end all speculation for good – whether Dolores is guilty or innocent.

Lali Esposito as Dolores is who we needed as someone who can go live on TV and talk with the host (Gael Garcia Bernal, a very notable cameo) of the show why she is innocent. That scene is alone damning to think about considering the way Dolores defends herself on TV especially when she refused to do the same during the trial where she followed a scripted narrative right from the start to the end.

The point is not whether Dolores killed Camille or not. “The Accused” is about a young woman who turned into a celebrity overnight for the wrong reasons and how all the strangers nonchalantly discuss her motives and reasons like they know her in person. To conclude, having opinions is very important but accusing someone without any basis is a whole different story that may, and even did lead to suicide.

That’s why anyone who jumps to conclusions without weighing in facts must see “The Accused” to know how we shouldn’t be judgmental about people we barely know and trust, whether it’s easy or not, and let the justice system do its job. After all, there are over seven billion people on the planet and if we start accusing each and everyone of something without proof, we will run out of rooms in prison very quickly, isn’t it?

The point is not whether Dolores killed Camille or not. “The Accused” is about a young woman who turned into a celebrity overnight for the wrong reasons and how all the strangers nonchalantly discuss her motives and reasons like they know her in person. To conclude, having opinions is very important but accusing someone without any basis is a whole different story that may, and even did lead to suicide.

That’s why anyone who jumps to conclusion without weighing in facts must see “The Accused” to know how we should be content about people we barely know and trust, whether it’s easy or not, and let the justice system do its job. After all, there are over seven billion people and if we start accusing each and everyone of something without proof, we will run out of rooms in prison very quickly, am I not right?

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