Directed by: Benedict Andrews
Starring: Rooney Mara (Una), Ben Mendelsohn (Ray/Peter), Ruby Stokes (Young Una), Riz Ahmed (Scott), Tara Fitzgerald (Mother)
Language: English (Optional English subs)
Genres: Old-Young Relationships, Teen-Childhood, Based on a True Story
Plot – Spoilers:
28-year-old Una lives with her sickly mother. While their relationship appears strained and even on edge, Una is meekish in her mother’s presence and tries to spend as much time outside home as her guilt will allow her to.
She sees the photo of a much older man Ray in a magazine and this brings back memories from when she was 13-years-old and in a three-month-long abusive relationship with him.
Una decides to turn up at his factory floor where he’s now a manager under a new name and confront him about their past. Her questions and emotions are complex and they bit-by-bit construct the extent of her abuser’s role and influence.
This is vaguely based on a true story in the sense that the film’s origin lies in a play, which in turn was loosely inspired by convicted sex offender Toby Studebaker.