Alan Gilsenan's latest film is a tough but very rewarding watch. It tells the story of Ailbhe Griffith, a young Dublin woman who was heading home late at night, and was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted.

Her attacker was caught and sent to prison, but nine years later Ailbhe decided to meet the man who had subjected her to a vicious attack that left her both seriously injured and psychologically scarred.

This is a dramatisation of that meeting, interspersed with graphic images of Ailbhe in the wake of the attack. And what makes this film version of events truly remarkable is the fact that Ailbhe portrays herself.

A risky film-making decision, certainly, but it's also patently clear that starring in The Meeting is something that Ailbhe must have wanted to do.

Almost all of the film's other principal characters are played by actors, except for Dr Marie Keenan, an accredited psychotherapist, a restorative justice practitioner and a registered social worker.

Terry O'Neill performs a quite remarkable turn as Ailbhe's assailant, which can't have been easy as the actual person his character attacked was opposite him.

Given the amount of awful things that continue to happen to women, and when the woman is often cast as someone less than blameless, no matter how vicious the attack, this is the kind of film-making that must be applauded.

As the discussion between survivor and perpetrator takes place - remember, this really happened - there's a growing sense that Ailbhe gained a lot, both from her real meeting with her attacker, and from her involvement in this quite remarkable and very moving film.

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