Screening Room: ‘Herself’

In the new movie from Phyllida Lloyd (The Iron Lady), a mother of two escapes an abusive relationship and tries to make a new life for her and her daughters by building a new home from scratch.

Herself opens soon on Amazon. My review is at Slant:

Herself’s home-building subplot is likely what you expect: the cheery story of disparate people pulling together in hard times as part of an ad-hoc family while uptempo pop music plays on the soundtrack. The film doesn’t lack for well-calibrated acting, but the performances and the story’s more gripping elements about the ways abuse is abetted by institutions aren’t done any favors by the somewhat hammy and more than a little unwieldy symbolism of the simple little backyard home being slowly put together…

Here’s the trailer:

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