Pow­er­ful per­for­mances drive Una

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va­ri­ety of cin­e­matic tools to tell his tale (slow-zooms, track­ing and match shots, re­flec­tions), An­drews does a mag­nif­i­cent job of cre­at­ing a sense of space and place and the ten­sion be­tween the char­ac­ters.

Equally, the frac­tured nar­ra­tive helps draw the viewer in, slowly re­veal­ing the true na­ture of the past to­gether and mak­ing you more than once re­assess your thoughts of what’s tak­ing place.

Of course it helps im­mensely that An­drews is able to call on two ac­tors cur­rently at the top of their game. Men­del­sohn (Star Wars: Rogue One )is known for his abil­ity to dis­til sim­mer­ing men­ace, but here there’s a sen­si­tive side that al­most catches you off guard. Like­wise, Mara (A Ghost Story, Carol) keeps her char­ac­ter’s mo­tives clev­erly guarded and de­liv­ers a pow­er­ful, yet poignant per­for­mance.

Throw in Jed Kurzel’s (The Babadook) haunt­ing score and Una a film that pro­vokes, prompts pon­tif­i­ca­tion and then lingers in your mind. - James Croot is

Ben Men­del­sohn and Rooney Mara shine in Una.

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