Una (2016)

Director: Benedict Andrews

Writer: David Harrower (Screenplay)

Starring: Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Tara Fitzgerald, Riz Ahmed

 

Plot: 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.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Hard to Watch Drama

 

Story: Una starts as we meet Una (Mara) a young woman with a troubled past after she was sexually abused at the age of 13. Una goes in search for the man Ray, now going by the name Peter (Mendelsohn) to learn why he did what he did. We get flashbacks showing the relationship between a young Una (Stokes) and Ray which started as friendship before it went too far, landing Ray in prison.

We follow how both Una and Ray have spent years dealing with the consequences of that moment, Ray believing he wasn’t a paedophile but branded one so much so that he had to get a new name and town, Una looks to get the closure she never received as a child and this night of conversation look like it will offer that.

 

Thoughts on Una

 

Characters – Una is the once sexually abused teenager but has spent the next 15-years wondering why, waiting for the chance to speak to the man again, we see how to confronts him to explain her feelings while dealing with the lack of closure she ever had with him. Ray was the man that sexual abused Una when she was 13, he served his time and started a new life with a new name, he also believes nothing was truly wrong with what he did.

PerformanceRooney Mara does give us an emotionally driven performance throughout the film, Ben Mendelsohn is great throughout showing us a true outline of a men living with regret.

StoryThe story does cover a taboo subject, sexual interaction between a minor and an adult, it plays along the idea that not everything is about the idea whether it was right or wrong but what the people involved must deal with later in life if it was just an encounter over abuse. There will be the questions asked about whether it was or wasn’t abuse but that will also be asked through the film otherwise this is a story that focuses on the victim not living a health life, the adult needing to rebuild his life and keep it together when the truth comes around. This is a slow burning story and isn’t going to be with the light hearted due to the sensitive subject but does show us the important message.

SettingsThe low key settings show us this could be everyday life for the people involved which is the highlight, as it never over victimises anyone.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Breaking all the safety rules but not wearing hi-vis vests in a warehouse with forklifts operating.

Final ThoughtsThis is going to be a hard watch for many, mostly because of the subject matter. Away from this it also could play an important part to life looking at how the victims could be effected by anything that happens to them.

 

Overall: Important but slow drama.

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The Simpsons Challenge Season 3 Episode 18 – Separate Vocations

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 3

Episode 18 – Separate Vocations

Couch Gag – This time Bart arrives late jumping on the family.

Plot SynopsisThe results of a standardized test steer Bart in the direction of law and order at Springfield Elementary School. However, Lisa becomes so depressed by her results that she turns to juvenile delinquency.

What is going on reallyWe start with Bart and Lisa taking the standardised test to figure out what they should be when they grow up, Bart gets police officers while Lisa gets home marker, which leaves her depressed, crushing her dreams of being a jazz musician.

Bart gets a chance to go on a ride along with Eddie and Lou only to find himself capturing the fugitive Snake understand this is now his dream. On the other side of the coin we see how Lisa becomes the rebellious character.

In a twisted world now Principal Skinner uses Bart new love for the law to recruit him as Hall Monitor cleaning up Springfield Elementary potentially clashing with his own sister.

Star Character

Bart & Lisa

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the strongest episodes we have seen, we get to see how school tests to assign careers are stupid and can take away the focus of the student. We also get a role reverse for Bart and Lisa as well as seeing how Bart is smart enough to know which one of the kids of the family is going to have the brightest future. We also get plenty of police drama and film references.

Rating 5/5