"Una" is a very decent movie, but given the caliber of the two leading actors and the topic of discussion I was expecting something stronger. The company/warehouse where most of the present-day action takes place was a cool location for the confrontation between the two characters. The film ends on a somber tone which I enjoyed, but overall... a lukewarm result.
A deeply unsettling social realism drama that echoes films like 'Boy A'. The kind of film that leaves you haunted weeks after. The dark heart of human nature left raw for inspection. The worst part is having to conclude that child abusers still have facets of humanity beyond the menace - this is what discomfits far more than simply alienating yourself from their villainies.
An often tense and thought provoking reconciliation piece between a man and the now adult woman who he had an illicit relationship with when she was a 13-year old child. It's a great discussion piece and refreshingly original in it's story angle. Mendelsohn and Mara have a strong, believable connection. 3.5 stars
Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn give exclusive performances full of which emotional extremes in this slow and edgy drama from the play "Blackbird" by David Harrower. On the other hand, some of the undeveloped and perverse flashbacks didn't allow to lift up the drama to a higher level and become more provocative as the main characters should provide striking emotional game who's the victim of them and of their past.
This is #provocative for patrons of the Arthouse matinee and you wouldn't need to read the label to know that Una is written and directed by men. Its attempt to show that trauma causes development limbo feels misguided, an adult speaking as a 13 year old, looking more like a fantasy. It plays with "serious" issues but has nothing to say about them, its only sin but a major one.