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A woman confronts an older man, her former neighbour, to find out why he abandoned her after they had a sexual relationship.

Director:

Benedict Andrews

Writer:

David Harrower (based on his play "Blackbird")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruby Stokes Ruby Stokes ... Young Una
Rooney Mara ... Una
David Shields ... Man in Nightclub
Ben Mendelsohn ... Ray
Tara Fitzgerald ... Andrea
Madeleine Brolly Madeleine Brolly ... Courtroom Clerk
Richard Cunningham ... Prosecutor
Gary Finnerty Gary Finnerty ... Truck Driver
Riz Ahmed ... Scott
Maciej Krupianik Maciej Krupianik ... Foreman
Mandy Surridge Mandy Surridge ... Picnic Mum
Xanthe Gibson Xanthe Gibson ... Leah
Ciarán McMenamin ... John
Katie Money Katie Money ... Gemma
Poppy Corby-Tuech ... Poppy
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Storyline

When a young woman unexpectedly arrives at her much-older former lover's workplace, looking for answers, the secrets of their dark past threaten to unravel his new life. What follows is an emotional and unflinching excavation of inappropriate love, with shattering consequences.

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Absence Makes the Hurt Grow Stronger. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackbird See more »

Filming Locations:

Camberley, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Color
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The nipple ring on display in the shower scene is apparently Rooney Mara's own, having had it done for the film ' The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' See more »

Quotes

Una: I don't know anything about you except you abused me.
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Down by the Water
Written & Performed by PJ Harvey
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Aftermath of an illicit love affair.
31 May 2018 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

My wife and I watched this at home on DVD from our public library.

Many viewers will feel uncomfortable with the subject, a 3-month affair between an adult man and his neighbor, a 13-yr-old girl. However it is done with enough sensitivity that everything is merely suggested, along with dialog that explains what happened.

Set and filmed in England, essentially 15 years later, now 28-yr-old Una looks up the man she had been intimate with, he had served his time and had changed his name, was now married and had a good job as a supervisor. She is intrusive, she is demanding, she had cared for the man and never got over what she considered abandonment when they decided to travel to Europe together.

The story plays out to show how the bad decisions made those years earlier had wrecked the life of the young girl into her adulthood, and how now is came back to haunt him. This is fiction but these types of stories really happen, we learn about them on the news all too often.

Ruby Stokes is really good as the young Una while Rooney Mara shines as the adult Una. Ben Mendelsohn is also very effective as the man, Ray, who changed his name to Peter. No pun intended, I suppose.


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