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Una (2017)

When Una (Rooney Mara) was 13, her neighbor Ray molested her. They carried on a secret 3-month long relationship, at which point they planned to run away together. But then Ray (Ben Mendelsohn) disappeared. He wound up serving 4 years in prison for the crime. Upon release, he changed his name to Peter and started over; Una, on the other hand, couldn’t move on.

"Una is not at all an easy movie to watch, especially for women"


Now in her late twenties, she still lives in her mother’s house and works a dead end office job. She also has anonymous sexual encounters in seedy night clubs. One day, she comes across a photo in a trade magazine: it’s Ray/Peter among coworkers in a warehouse. So she tracks him down and pays a surprise visit to his workplace. “What do you want?” he demands, alarmed. “To see you,” she answers.

Young Una, played beautifully by Ruby Stokes, felt devastated after Ray left her life. When she finds him again, she wants to know if he still thinks of her. “Am I too old for you now?” she asks. Meanwhile, Peter has to give an important work speech regarding layoffs. One of his coworkers (Riz Ahmed) hooks up with Una, but she bursts into tears afterward. Still, they both show up together at a party coincidentally held on the same day at Peter’s house. In a cringeworthy scene, Una meets his wife and later finds out he has a daughter the same age she had been when he raped her.

This is a deeply disturbing, complex story without any easy explanations. It’s strange and unsettling that the same time that she’s furious with Peter for abusing her, Una longs to rekindle their quasi-romance. She seems to have almost a Stockholm syndrome, when it comes to this much older man who statutorily raped her.Una (2017)

Rooney Mara’s performance is fierce and mesmerizing, and all her scenes with Ben Mendelsohn rivet the viewer. “I have never desired anyone else that age again, I promise. You were the only one,” Peter insists when she confronts him about his daughter. Rather than the possibility that he’s raping his own child, she’s upset at the thought of a possible betrayal. Una is profoundly damaged and confused; Peter, though, only cares about protecting his new life and defending himself. Una is not at all an easy movie to watch, especially for women. While the story is absorbing, it will definitely make you squirm.

3/5 stars

Una (2017)

DVD

DVD Details:

Home Video Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Available on DVD
- January 2, 2018
Screen Formats: 2.40:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: Stereo 2.0; Dolby 5.1
Discs: DVD Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Presented in a crisp 1080p transfer, the new 2k scan and restoration of the original negative is a thing of pristine beauty.  The film is dominated with reds and greens that absolutely burst with color.  It’s a cheap film, for sure, but the simple backgrounds burst with new details and a nice level of clarity.  Black levels are solid and skin tones are natural.  Shadows are defined and the film has a new depth previously unseen.  Audio wise, the original uncompressed stereo audio for the film’s soundtrack is clear and the dialogue is never lost or hard to hear.  There are English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

  • None

Una (2017)

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, nudity and language.
Runtime:
94 mins
Director
: Benedict Andrews
Writer:
David Harrower
Cast:
Ruby Stokes, Rooney Mara, David Shields
Genre
: Drama
Tagline:
Adapted from the play that shocked the world.
Memorable Movie Quote: "I don't know anything about you except you abused me."
Theatrical Distributor:
Eammon Films
Official Site:
Release Date:
October 13, 2017
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
January 2, 2018
Synopsis: A woman confronts an older man, her former neighbor, to find out why he abandoned her after they had a sexual relationship.

Una (2017)

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