"Rooney Mara's 'no bullshit' performance in Una is one of the year's very best"
"[Mara and Ben Mendelsohn's] performances are tightly focused and unflinching"
New York Times
½ "Mara is intensely watchable as Una, whose ostensible detachment conceals an ocean of unresolved pain"
"Guaranteed to raise hackles"
A psychological thriller with elements of a revenge plot, this intense character-driven film is rooted in its performances. Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Carol) is the eponymous Una, and Ben Mendelsohn (Starred Up, A Place Beyond the Pines) is Ray, the neighbor who sexually assaulted her when she was 13. A decade later, Una tracks Ray down in search of answers, but she does not find the ones she is searching for. Uncomfortable with the path that she is on, but unable to change course, Una must face the fact that Ray is now, in many ways, a different person from the man who abused her. But he still refuses to accept responsibility, and her anger has not abated.
Based upon the play Blackbird by David Harrower, who also wrote the film's screenplay, Una shows how events that occurred years ago destroyed both their lives, albeit in different ways. It does not demand that the viewer take sides as it dives headlong into the murky moral waters of lust, abuse, and guilt. Una unflinchingly articulates why men should never presume to understand, or dare to downplay, a trauma that women spend a lifetime trying to resolve for themselves, in a story which gazes into the heart of a devastating form of love and asks if redemption is possible.
Directed by Benedict Andrews, 2016, UK, 94 mins
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