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January 15, 2021

At the Movies: ‘Herself' is a spirited drama of abuse and resilience

AP Film Writer

Phyllida Lloyd's “Herself,” an Irish drama of spousal abuse set against Dublin's housing crisis, has some narrative weak spots but its foundation of resilience and heart is strong.

Previous forays into film by Lloyd, a veteran theater director, have been more elaborate, starrier affairs (”Mamma Mia!” “The Iron Lady”). But “Herself” is a smaller, neo-realistic and often stirring story about Sandra (Clare Dunn, who co-wrote the script with Malcolm Campbell), a mother of two daughters (Molly McCann, Ruby Rose O'Hara) and the wife of a monstrous brute, Gary (Ian Lloyd Anderson).

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