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Una (2016)

R | | Drama | 1 September 2017 (UK)
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A woman confronts an older man, her former neighbour, to find out why he abandoned her after they had a sexual relationship when she was thirteen.

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(based on his play "Blackbird")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruby Stokes ...
Young Una
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Una
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Man in Nightclub
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Ray
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Andrea
Madeleine Brolly ...
Courtroom Clerk
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Prosecutor
Gary Finnerty ...
Truck Driver
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Scott
Maciej Krupianik ...
Foreman
Mandy Surridge ...
Picnic Mum
Xanthe Gibson ...
Leah
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John
Katie Money ...
Gemma
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Poppy
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When a young woman unexpectedly arrives at an older man's workplace, looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel his new life. Their confrontation will uncover buried memories and unspeakable desires. It will shake them both to the core.

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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It is based on the play Blackbird by David Harrower. See more »

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Una: I don't know anything about you except you abused me.
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Remarkable translation of a play to screen
15 September 2016 | by (Escondido CA USA) – See all my reviews

After this film was screened at the Toronto Film Festival today, an audience member asked director Andrews about the skill of lead actor Mendelsohn in his portrayal of such a deceitful and manipulative character. The host repeated the question without the adjectives but fortunately the question was answered as it was asked. Mr. Andrews noted that many audience members didn't see the "Ray" character in that fashion at all.

Indeed this ambiguity and its affect on Una is at the heart of this film as well as the play Blackbird upon which it is based. I generally am not happy when plays are translated into films but I found this adaptation to be quite the exception. The camera was able to extend the scope of the play to include scenes from the crucial events which occurred 15 years before the main confrontation which occupies most of the film.

A brilliant first film from director Andrews which will hopefully reach the wide audience it deserves.


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