to add insult to injury -- charging the deceased's family after their execution by gunshot...

One of the more shocking elements of Brazil (the movie) is the concept of Information Retrieval Charges, bureaucrat doublespeak for charging the recipient of torture for services rendered. In one memorable scene, Sam Lowry is advised to confess quickly by a financial advisor, to save himself some expense.

In his commentary on the criterion edition DVD, Terry Gilliam mentions that far from being fictional fancy, it is fairly common practice in many oppressive regimes to charge money to the family or estate of torture victims, to ease the "burden" they place on the state.

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