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Rooney Mara : “There’s nothing black and white about him. At times you think he’s evil and she’s the victim, and there are times when you think she’s crazy and he’s a good guy, and there’s even a time when you want them to be together. That was the most conflicting thing for me, that they could love each other again and be together.” (source)

Télérama : "En présentant trois nouveaux films au festival canadien, l'actrice américaine de “Carol” a montré qu'elle était en train de devenir, pour les cinéastes, une magnifique obsession. Dans Una de Benedict Andrews, l'actrice américaine interprète une jeune femme qui vient rencontrer l'homme avec lequel elle vécut, quand elle avait treize ans, une histoire d'amour... ou de viol. Adapté d'une pièce de théâtre (Blackbird de David Harrower), le film fonce, avec une franchise brutale dans les dialogues, vers des zones troubles. (...) En incarnant à nouveau l'amour interdit, le pouvoir de la tentation, Rooney Mara n'est là que pour jouer, du début à la fin, celle qui réclame l'innocence, y compris pour l'homme qu'elle vient retrouver. (...) Dans ce registre, et même dans un film à moitié réussi, elle étonne, elle impressionne. Quelle actrice pourrait, comme elle le fait dans Una, apparaître vêtue d'une robe blanche qui illumine sa beauté et finir, deux scènes plus tard, par s'endormir dans un lit d'enfant, toujours vêtue de la même robe, devenue virginale ? Ce genre d'effet, possiblement ridicule, devient, avec Rooney Mara, un moment de cinéma." (Rooney Mara, clair objet du désir à Toronto)

Synopsis. 'Una', based on David Harrower's play 'Blackbird', follows a young womans journey to reclaim her past. Fifteen years earlier, Una ran away with an older man, Ray, a crime for which he was arrested and imprisoned. When she comes across a photo of him in a trade magazine, Una tracks him down and turns up at his workplace. Her abrupt arrival threatens to destroy Rays new life and derail her stability. Unspoken secrets and buried memories surface as Una and Ray sift through the wreckage of the past. Their confrontation raises unanswered questions and unresolved longings. It will shake them both to the core. 'Una' gazes into the heart of a devastating form of love and asks if redemption is possible.

Rooney Mara : Una Spencer | Una | Benedict Andrews

LA Times : "By portraying an adult Una who still desires Ray — "Is it because I'm too old?" she says plaintively during an intimate moment, as she unsuccessfully tries to persuade him to have sex — it suggests a victim’s complicity, even affection. (...) "The typical representation of the victim and abuser doesn’t take a lot of what happens into account. There are myriad responses — you just need to read these accounts to see these conflicting emotions," said the playwright. (...) But where many earlier films drew a clear line between‎ abuser and victim — and often focused on the‎ latter's quest for justice — "Una" opens up a new font in the genre. It subversively asks if other reactions are more interesting — and, even, more common. And it questions whether previous stories under-emphasize the relationship between victim and attacker. (...) "What's striking to me is the way these two people are fused because they can't talk to anyone else," said Andrews, who wrote the script with Harrower. (...) "The bar is really high when you tackle something like this; you need to be on your game in every element of the filmmaking." (...) Mara, having investigated laconic subtlety in the likes of "Carol," manages to convey an uncommon mixture of tenderness and ferocity. (...) Though the men who worked on the film expressed their desire for sensitivity, it remains to be seen how others, particularly women, will react to it. (...) "I know we could get pilloried. But this is a story that needed to be told.” (Read more : How Rooney Mara's incendiary 'Una' will advance the sexual-assault conversation at Telluride, Toronto and into Oscar season | Los Angeles Times)

Rooney Mara as Una Spencer
Ruby Stokes as Young Una Spencer
Ben Mendelsohn as Ray Brooks

Director: Benedict Andrews
Writer: David Harrower (based on his play "Blackbird")

Premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016

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POSITIF - Revue de Cinéma - Numéro 676, juin 2017 - Couverture : Natalie Portman - SONG TO SONG - Terrence MALICK

 

Au cinéma le 12 juillet : Song to Song / Terrence MALICK

POSITIF - Revue de Cinéma - Numéro 676, juin 2017 - Couverture : Natalie Portman / MALICK

 

"Aucun film de Malick ne donnait à ce point un vertige troublant du réel saisi dans une perspective physique inédite. Corps abîmés, rockers ivres, errants ou violents, tatouages obsédants ou inquiétants, maisons délabrées, tout ce qui existe doit être source de contemplation.

La forme humaine est éloquente, à méditer, occasion de fulgurantes sensations de beauté. "L'Amour se trouve dans la forme humaine, divine", médite ainsi l'héroïne Faye (Rooney Mara), citant des vers de William Blake." (...)

"Voyageuse, éprise, inlassable, la caméra célèbre et révère les courbes des hanches, du bassin, le bas-ventre féminin, comme le Cantique des Cantiques (Song of Songs)". (...)

"La figure du jump cut et de l'association (segments discontinus d'une même scène ou émotion, lien flottant entre les plans) s'accomplit dans cette exploration de l'intermittence au sens proustien - l'examen microscopique des envies, des pulsions, des moments, des éclats et des éclipses des sentiments dont le regard plus vaste ne voit que les trajectoires". (...)

Pierre Berthomieu  :  Song to Song  J'ignorais que j'avais une âme  / POSITIF Revue de cinéma, juin 2017

 

Michael Fassbender - Natalie Portman - SONG TO SONG - Terrence MALICK

 

"SONG TO SONG. ...an associative freedom that makes almost all other movies look, by comparison, like the stodgiest vestiges of filmed theatre. (...) Within the shifting romantic triangle of “Song to Song,” Terrence Malick develops an overwhelming, rapturous variety of visual experience". "Malick makes art—his art—the subject of the film.... This seventy-three-year-old filmmaker looks to the heart of his own inspiration, his own impulses, and creates a cinema that, with the creative command of his own life experience, feels more exuberantly youthful than that of most Sundance phenoms."

Richard Brody / The New Yorker

 

 

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