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  • Writer's pictureBenjamin Maio Mackay

Una - 4.5 Stars

Haunting, harrowing and painfully beautiful. This movie is an astounding piece of confronting cinema.

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.

This movie is essentially a two-hander, Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn are both exceptional. Their odd rapport works and the scenes of both light and shade are brilliant. It’s a difficult movie to describe and discuss without spoiling the premise - so I won't delve too deeply into it. However I should say it is an exceptionally depressing movie that examines the abuse cycle.

The cinematography, score and script are fantastic and the supporting cast including Riz Ahmed and Ruby Stokes are both exceptional - however, they get little focus. With a tight 92 minute running time there is little to complain about and I think the cinema audience was sat riveted the entire time.

Overall deeply moving, personal and brilliant. An exceptional piece of cinema

4.5 Stars

Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay

Screening courtesy of Madman Cinemas

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