Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2016. Go to TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.
UNA (UK 2016) ***|
Directed by Benedict Andrews
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn
Review by Gilbert Seah
Though UNA is based on the David Harrower play and directed by stage director Benedict Andrews, the film does not feel like a play. But it does remind one of the plot of Mamet’s OLEANA, a two handler where a student accuses her professor of sexual assault.
In UNA, Rooney Mara plays Una, and Ben Mendelsohn is Ray, the neighbour who sexually assaulted her when she was 13.
A decade later, Una tracks Ray, now married with a pre-teen daughter, down in search of answers — but she doesn’t find the ones she’s searching for. The reason given is that she has fallen in love with her assailant.
The film is a bit slow moving with a lot of brooding by the players. The film also does not provide all the answers leaving the audience to fill in the blanks, which I assume is the purpose of the film.
Not entirely satisfying as a psychological thriller or mystery thriller but performances are super including Riz Ahmed’s in the support in role of Scott. Ray’s employee caught up in the drama.
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