Rated: R
Release Date: 01/08/2021
Production Company: Amazon Prime

Clare Dunne, Harriet Walter and
Conleth Hill.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd. Producers: Emmet Fleming, Rory Gilmartin, Ed Guiney, Sharon Horgan and Daniel Walker. Executive Producers: Mary Burke, Rose Garnett, Phylida Lloyd, Andrew Lowe, Lesley McKimm, Clelia Mountford and Alison Thompson. Screenwriters: Clare Dunne, Ansuman Bhagat and Malcolm Campbell. Cinematographer: Tom Comerfield.
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

The powerful movie “Herself” was a big hit at last year’s Sundance Film Festival” and will now premiere on Amazon Prime Jan. 8.

“Herself” takes place in Ireland and stars Clare Dunne ("Spider-Man: Far from Home") and Ian Lloyd Anderson, (TV’s “Vikings”) plays her abusive husband. They have two adorable girls, named Molly (Molly McCann, TV's "Cold Courage") and Emma (Ruby Rose O'Hara).

Sandra (Dunne) knows she must get away from her husband Gary. He's controlling, insecure and just always angry. That her daughters have to see him beat, kick, and curse her is tragic.

She is trying to do everything possible to leave Gary, but she feels trapped. Sandra works as a maid at the home of a wealthy doctor named Peggy (Harriet Walter, TV's "Doctor. Who") and she relies on Sandra to help her as she recovers from a broken hip. They get along simply fine. Peggy knew Sandra's late mother because she was a housekeeper for her too.

Sandra manages to get into a temporary housing facility while waiting to get a divorce from her husband. However, every time she goes inside the hotel, management insists she walk through the back of the building and upstairs since she's not a paying customer. It is so embarrassing. Sandra knows she has to do better for herself and the girls. When she finds out about a project on building small houses, she decides that's what she wants to do and sets out to make it happen.

It pays to be nice to people. When Sandra tells Peggy about her plans, she offers to provide her with several acres of her backyard. Things get even better when Sandra meets a contractor (Conleth Hill, TV's Vienna Blood" and "Game of Thrones") at a local hardware store. She convinces him to see her plot of land and give her advice on building the house.

Once Sandra begins to tell her story to Aido (Hill), he decides to gather a crew and they get to work. Just when it seems that Sandra's life is turning around and her faith in people is restored, her husband Gary is still determined to try and destroy her and her dream home, until she takes him to court and stands up for herself and finally makes her voice heard.

"Herself," which Dunne co-wrote and Phyllida Lloyd (“Mamma Mia!” and “The Iron Lady”) directed, is an affecting movie about domestic violence and the courageous women escaping their abusive environments.

Editor's Note: Be sure to catch my movie talk segment on the Kitty O'Neal Show Fridays at 6:20 p.m. on radio station KFBK 93.1 FM and 1530 AM.

Watch This Trailer For "HERSELF"

Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics' Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.


Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 94
Production Company: Paramount
Director: Arthur A. Seidelman
Director of Photography: Hanania Baer
Screenwriter: Mark McClafferty, Clint Smith, Mark E. Corry, Lin Marlin and Sam Egan
Author: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

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