电影以Paulina这个受害者摇身一变变成独裁者，而施暴者却变成板上待宰的羔羊这种转换更清晰地传达了人性的复杂性与残任，当你拥有权力拥有至高无上的权力，每个人都可以施暴。也正是因为独裁的可怕，民主的存在才显得更加至关重要。也正如他自己所说的“Killing doesn’t end it for the either side. ”杀戮残暴无用，建立一个合理的法律制度才是理性公正，但是建立一个公正的系统是很难的，是Gerardo的困难，是社会的困难。
电影里Gerardo说"In a democracy a midnight knock can be friendly."。我相信那一天会到来，而那一天，不道德审判不会再存在。
Paulina herself is a victim of the dictatorship; she’s been tortured simply because the authority wants information from her. Courageous as she’s been, she did not surrender to the torture. And this special night in the film, Paulina herself turned into the role of dictator while doctor. Miranda being the one tied tightly, insulted, and tortured. Paulina craved for the truth so desperately, and finally, she got them.
There is no use in figuring out whether Miranda did rap Paulina or not, the dictator Paulina tonight just want to make sure she’s got the thing she always longs for. What really worth thinking about is the meaning of this unfair trial.
I think Gerardo plays the consciousness in the film, you can detect it from the scene where all of the three are standing over a cliff. Gerardo is angry in deed but he doesn’t lose his mind to push the doctor in order to ease his anger. The truth is, during the entire movie, Gerardo never stop finding the truth but he just never does so in a violent way. What Gerardo’s consciousness reflects is that the core of democracy lies in just and law. Unlike the primitive societies, democracy and law enable us the power to justify ourselves and also punish the evil. Being the middle man between Miranda and Paulina, Gerardo never biases either one of them.
When this trial ends in the morning, its unfairness doesn’t end with it as well. Supposed that Miranda didn’t rape Paulina at all, he will be haunted by this painful night ever since just as Paulina did. Death and the maiden expresses the complexity of human nature and cruelty by turning Paulina into a dictator and Doc. Miranda the victim. When one possesses the power, he can do whatever he want to do to others, and so in order to prevent the happening of dictatorship, the existence of law become much more important. As what Gerardo himself said in the movie “killing doesn’t end it for the either side”, violence and cruelty is useless, democracy is what really be needed. However, to build up a completely fair and just system is difficult, like Gerardo’s effort trying to get Paulina listen to him.
In a democracy, a midnight knock can be friendly. That day may come, and in that day, unfair trail like the one in this movie will exist no more.