Bastard Out of Carolina is one of the most disturbing and depressing movies I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen four other movies that were three times more heartbreaking than Bastard Out of Carolina so that says a lot.
Bastard Out of Carolina is based on the award-winning novel by Dorothy Allison. It tells the harrowing true story of Dorothy, also known as Bone, as she recounts living through poverty and the frequent rape and abuse by her mother’s boyfriend.
I saw the movie years ago and I can still remember being angry at her mother for allowing her boyfriend to rape and abuse Dorothy. I hate to say it, but her mother was a gutter trash urchin. Female sub-human filth. A poor excuse for a mother.
A real mother would’ve had that pedophile and rapist thrown in jail or worse.
One of these days, I’m going to read this incredible book because I feel the book itself will offer so much more. As a rule, I always like to read the book first and then watch the movie, but when this book was first published, I was just a child. The movie was made some years later.
If you’ve never seen Bastard Out of Carolina, don’t watch it unless you can truly handle it. It’s not a movie for the faint of heart. I feel it’s only right to warn you. With that being said, it’s so nice to see that Dorothy was still able to find happiness after suffering through so much of abuse as a child.
Until next time…