Gaslighting [Tina Matzat, Germany, 2018]

Gaslighting is a domestic drama that situates itself within an abusive modern relationship, where one partner expects to share the perfect bond, whilst the other feels the need to cause arguments that amount to bullying, creating an intensely unhealthy environment. The atmosphere of manipulation and intimidation is what informs the film’s title. It comes to the point in the relationship where Victoria (the film’s protagonist) decides she cannot tolerate the way she is being treated and resolves to toughen up. Once she takes action in this manner, things begin to tip in her favour with her partner becoming increasingly sympathetic to her needs. But his kindness doesn’t last for long as he gradually continues to antagonise her.