The Handmaid’s Tale


The Handmaid’s Tale is a 1990 film adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name. Directed by Volker Schlöndorff, the film stars Natasha Richardson (Kate/Offred), Faye Dunaway (Serena Joy), Robert Duvall (The Commander, Fred), Aidan Quinn (Nick), and Elizabeth McGovern (Moira).
The screenplay was written by Harold Pinter. The original music score was composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto.

A rather slow story, the adaption probably misses all the social commentary and backstory in Margaret Atwood books.
I did try reading ‘Oryx and Crake’, but found it too slow. The film touched briefly on a lot of interesting ideas, but because of the format fails to dig deeply and examine the issues. An interesting story, if only for a historical reasons. This is ranked along Orwell’s 1981 and Huxley’s “Brave New World” as a significant dystopian work of fiction.