A story of one woman’s perseverance and rising from the ashes, Herself is a complex look at an all-too-common reality that, through an emotional roller coaster of a story, delivers a message of hope.
When Sanda (Clare Dunne) leaves an abusive husband with her two children, she decides to begin building a home for them to live in. As she takes steps forwards, she struggles to break out of the past. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia), Herself is a raw tale of tragedy and triumph that is accentuated by Dunne’s emotionally-charged performance, one that has you rooting for the character. Harriet Walter’s supporting role is refreshingly heartwarming, contributing to an overall message of the inherent good of people and the support necessary to deal with life’s twists and turns.
Herself falls into a category with films such as Pieces of a Woman and Marriage Story, bringing a troubling reality to the screen with authenticity and genuine sentiment. Dunne, who co-wrote the script, brings the pages to life, buoyed by Lloyd’s ability to dissect the main characters of her films and force the audience to empathize with what is presented. Herself leaves you with an appreciation of the struggles each human goes through in life and a reminder to appreciate what we do have as we build for a better future.
Herself is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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