The Mafu Cage

  • 1978
  • USA
  • 1h 42min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Karen Arthur
  • Cast: Lee Grant, Carol Kane, Will Geer

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A wildly compelling horror film that looks at the intense and unusual relationship between a psychotic woman and her sister. One of only three films directed by Karen Arthur, it’s an intense close-up on a co-dependent and toxic relationship.

Astronomer Ellen (Lee Grant) lives with her feral-like sister Cissy (Carol Kane) in the crumbling mansion left to them by their late anthropologist father, complete with a large cage in the middle of the living room, where Cissy keeps her pet ‘mafus’ (monkeys). Cissy lives in a bubble of her own creation, and reacts aggressively to any attempt to alter her world. Ellen, who’s been taking care of her since their father passed, tries to edge her into adjusting to normal society. When Ellen starts seeing a co-worker, Cissy feels threatened and the suitor finds him in the centre of a violent retribution.

US 1978 Dir Karen Arthur 102 min 35mm presentation

Contains moderate violence, including violence towards animals.

This film is F-Rated. The F-Rating is a classification for any film which is directed by a woman, and/or written by a woman.

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