Plot: A young woman confronts a man at his workplace, a man from her past, who was arrested for an unspeakable crime.
Director: Benedict Andrews
Starring: Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Tara Fitzgerald, Riz Ahmed.
It starts off really well. I loved the structure of the film. You follow Una, played by Rooney Mara, as she confronts a man who was once her neighbour, Ray. 15 years earlier they ran away together, she was 13 and he was much older. Ray is arrested and imprisoned for sleeping with an underage girl. In the trial, it is revealed that Una loves him but she’s so young, you know that she’s confused.
Whilst the film follows her life as an adult, the use of flashbacks reveals what happens between these two 15 years ago. It’s a great concept but I lost interest three-quarters of the way through because something happens that annoys me. I won’t say what it is but I didn’t like it or think it should have happened.
I think the best part of the film is the performances. When you have a film that focuses on such a hard-hitting story, you have to get the actors right and this film did. They were faultless. It’s a very sensitive piece of material. If you like films that focus on real-life situations in a raw and real way then this one is for you.
Uncomfortable but well structured!