MY DAYS OF MERCY
Dir Tali Shalom-Ezer. Prod Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Ellen Page, Kate Mara.
Scr Joe Barton. With Kate Mara, Ellen Page. UK-USA 2017. 103min
Sales Great Point Media
Starring Ellen Page and Kate Mara, this sophomore feature
from Tali Shalom-Ezer is a beautiful and poignant love story
between two women from vastly different backgrounds and
opposing political views.
Lucy (Page) spends her weekends travelling around the Midwest in a
battered RV alongside her younger brother Ben and with older sister
Martha behind the wheel. Their destination: whichever federal prison
is due to execute a death row inmate that night, so that they can
join with their fellow protestors and advocate peacefully outside the
institution’s walls for the abolition of the death penalty. During one such
protest, Lucy’s eye is drawn to Mercy (Mara), from the opposite ‘camp’
(people who come and support the executions taking place). When
Mercy brazenly flouts the unwritten rule of fraternising with the enemy
and approaches the painfully shy Lucy, the scene is set for a heart-wrenching
love affair that threatens to shatter everything Lucy believes
in, but which could ultimately set her free. Working from a superb
script by BAFTA-nominated British writer Joe Barton, Shalom-Ezer has
crafted a love story filled with passion and truth, against a backdrop of
one of the most polemical issues of our time. Whilst astutely observing
the importance of the death penalty debate, Shalom-Ezer’s focus is on
the burgeoning, opposites-attract love affair between Lucy and Mercy.
And the on-screen chemistry between Page and Mara, offering up
career-best performances, pulls you in and swallows you whole. A film
about love conquering difference, it’s the perfect opener to BFI Flare.
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