Herself (2020)

“I understand Molly has witnesses something she shouldn’t, but I cannot condone parental alienation.” – Judge McBride

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A abused woman leaves her husband, but has trouble keeping her children safe due to the law.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’d heard about recently and was quite curious to see how they would give us a new perspective on a story dealing with spousal abuse.

The story is quite intriguing and plays out quite well due to some pretty realistic performances.

The film’s story and the plight of the main character unfortunately don’t feel original or innovative in anything that they did here which is somewhat problematic since this kind of genre has been done so often over the years.

The courtroom scenes are actually the most powerful ones here and for someone who has been in these kind of room, they do a wonderfully gut retching job of keeping it very realistic.

The film’s pacing is deliberately done in a very slow manner which helps keep things in perspective yet also doesn’t help or hinder the way that things unfold.

The various kinds of abuse that this character has faced over the years of her marriage are described quite well here and that helps make her character so much more sympathetic to watch because we can care so much about her and her plight throughout the course of the film.

Bottom Line – Interesting film that has some great performances, but unfortunately, the story and plight of this character doesn’t feel original or unique enough here. The courtroom scenes are presented in a gut retching manner which comes across quite realistically. The pacing of the film is done in a deliberately slow fashion which neither helps or hinders the story along. They do a nice job of explaining the kind of abuse that this character has suffered and that helps make her so much more of a sympathetic character that we can root for as the story unfolds. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Winner of the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award and The Human Rights Film Award at the Dublin International Film Festival. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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