Una | Chicago Reader

Una

Guaranteed to raise hackles, this British indie drama concerns a broken young woman (Rooney Mara) confronting the family friend (Ben Mendelsohn) who deflowered her 15 years earlier, when she was all of 13. The man has served four years in prison for statutory rape and clawed his way back to normalcy with a stable job and marriage, all of which threatens to crumble when his former victim arrives unannounced at his industrial workplace on the day of a major layoff. Adapted by David Harrower from his play and directed by Benedict Andrews, this tense chamber drama takes a queasy turn as the main characters, secluded in the workplace after hours, revisit their flirtation years earlier and rediscover their physical attraction. Much of their dialogue revolves around whether their illicit relationship was (a) pedophilia or (b) a love that was meant to be; if you answered (b), report to the nearest Republican precinct office immediately.

Credits

Director:

  • Benedict Andrews

Cast:

  • Rooney Mara
  • Ben Mendelsohn
  • Riz Ahmed
  • Tobias Menzies
  • Tara Fitzgerald
  • Natasha Little
  • Poppy Corby-Tuech
  • Isobelle Molloy
  • CiarĂ¡n McMenamin
  • Sophie Stanton
  • Sydney Wade

Producers:

  • Maya Amsellem
  • Patrick Daly
  • Jean Doumanian
  • Ron Burkle
  • Jason Cloth
  • Aaron Gilbert
  • Sharon Harel

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