Powerful performances drive Una
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.