Herself movie review - Aussieboyreviews


There’s plenty of strong dramas out there, and Herself just fits into them but stands out a little. Clare Dunne is spectacular in this entertaining movie for teens.


A young mother of two children escapes her abusive husband and fights back against a broken housing system. She then decides to go and build her own home and in the process rebuilds her life and rediscovers herself.

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Movie details

Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Cast: Clare Dunne, Harriet Walter, Conleth Hill, Liz Fitzgibbon, Ian Lloyd Anderson, Molly McCann
Writer: Malcolm Campbell, Clare Dunne
Release Date (Australia): 1 July 2021
Runtime: 97 minutes/1h 37m
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film contains themes of domestic violence and a scene of domestic violence which is witnessed by a young child.

Violence (M)

The film features scenes of domestic violence which is accompanied by blood detail, as well as a scene in which a child’s arm is injured with blood detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains occasionally aggressive use of “f**k” language and a use of the word “c**t”.

mpaa rating

R (for language and some domestic violence)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Herself is significantly hopeful. What makes this Irish drama about a struggling mother building herself and her children a home substantially deep is the performances mixing with the story, which provides inspirational feel-good emotions.

The writing and story for the powerful, compelling and strong characters is optimistic. This is of course lead by secure acting and even the use of songs in the background matching the setting, movement and emotion. Several unpredictable moments will break out your tears and others will draw a smile across your face. They’re unwanted but realistically necessary.

The film’s first 20 minutes are unfortunately just not engaging, however, Herself will compel you as the story starts to improve and become more fascinating. Overall it’s an effective movie that manages to solidly deal with domestic abuse and other challenging topics.

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