Giveaway: Una DVD

Australian theatre director Benedict Andrews’ feature film debut is a tense, chilling account of a young woman, Una (Rooney Mara), vengefully confronting Ray, a former neighbour (Ben Mendelsohn), who sexually abused her when she was a child (played by Ruby Stokes in flashbacks). The encounter is staged within a huge, sleek factory, a symbolic labyrinth underlining the film’s moral ambiguities, in which Ray, a foreman on the way up, has been tasked by his bosses to choose who of his workmates should be sacked as the company downsizes. Austerity economics and sexual abuse make a double villain of Ray, but writer David Harrower and director Andrews want us to think better of him, a fascinating test of Mendelsohn’s calculatedly low-key characterisation and the screenplay’s logic. Coolly shot by Thimios Bakatakis (cinematographer for The Lobster and The Killing of the Sacred Deer by director Yorgos Lanthimos), Una is well worth seeing, not least for those who know Harrower’s play Blackbird from which the film has been adapted. KG

5 DVDs courtesy of Madman Entertainment.

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Top image credit: Rooney Mara in Una

7 November 2017