Deborah Ross

Intensely powerful: Herself reviewed

Phyllida Lloyd's latest could have been horrible. It could have been Seabiscuit, with joists and concrete mixers. But it's far from some cheesy, feelgood monstrosity

True, some of the secondary characters are barely drawn, but Clare Dunne’s performance is extraordinary

Herself is an intensely powerful film about domestic violence that isn’t Nil By Mouth or The Killer Inside Me or any of the other films that have you begging: ‘Oh, sweet Jesus, please make this stop.’ Actually, it starts like that, but then becomes something else — something that never loses sight of why we’re here but is also an uplifting tale about a woman who wants to rebuild her life by building a home.

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