★★★★☆

Adapted from the stage play Blackbird, Benedict Andrews’ debut feature tells the story of Una (Rooney Mara), a 28-year-old woman who was sexually abused by her neighbour, Ray (Ben Mendelsohn), when she was 13. Now an adult, she tracks Ray down to confront him.

Una’s screenwriter, David Harrower (who also wrote the play), said of his work that he didn’t want to simply point out that child abuse is wrong – such a statement is too self-evident to have any value . Rather, Harrower’s script delves into the moral grey areas of guilt, desire and trauma by creating a relationship that is unforgivably abusive but also complex and nuanced.

For the full review, head over to CineVue.

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