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Herself (2021)

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Critic Consensus: Sensitively directed by Phyllida Lloyd and brought to life by co-writer Clare Dunne's starring performance, Herself charts one woman's journey with empathy and grace.

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After Sandra (Clare Dunne) separates from her abusive husband, Gary (Ian Lloyd Anderson), she finds herself and her two daughters, Molly (Molly McCann) and Emma (Ruby Rose O'Hara), homeless. Being strapped for cash, she intends on waiting for public housing, but she soon realizes that it will not come soon enough. Because of that, she decides to build herself a home from scratch. With land given to her by Peggy (Harriet Walter) and the expertise of master builder Aldo (Conleth Hill), she begins a new journey. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

Cast

Esosa Ighodaro
as Sandra's Solicitor
Shadaan Felfeli
as Shop Keeper
Art Kearns
as John the Pub Landlord
Sarah Kinlen
as Ms. Breen (Solicitor)
Ger Carey
as Landlord
Damien Kearney
as Homeless Man in Car Park
Sean Duggan
as Ciaran Crowley
Conleth Hill
as Aido Deveney
Jane Brennan
as Judge McBride
Daniel Ryan
as Francis
Peter Gaynor
as Nathan the Neighbour
Chelsea Gill
as nm2407022
Mabel Chah
as Yewande
Liz Fitzgibbon
as Homeless mother
Laura Kelly
as Council worker
Eimear Morrissey
as Woman in Queue
Frank Prendergast
as Dave in Goodwins
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All Critics (137) | Top Critics (39)

It's got foundations rooted in reality. The body off the house is in-between the dream and the fulfillment, and it's roof has its head in the air...I enjoyed it very much.

September 21, 2021 | Full Review…

Lloyd makes something genuinely nightmarish of the worst attacks, but Dunne's creased vulnerability ... keeps us tethered to waking reality.

September 17, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Dunne, who also co-wrote the script, brings admirable grit and pathos to her character without allowing her to become a victim. Still, the film's abrupt tonal shifts are jarring.

September 11, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Herself is smart in the way it balances the importance of individual charity and the need for wider reform - one provides the hope, the other provides the answers.

September 10, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Lloyd's radical fairytale is enchanting.

September 10, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is never maudlin and never tips into sentimentality. Lloyd's direction is so sure and restrained that she somehow manages to balance the raw, hard-hitting, viscerally impactful scenes with the lighter, hopeful ones.

September 9, 2021 | Full Review…

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