BFI Flare review of My Days of Mercy

I had the pleasure of watching 'My Days of Mercy' at a press screening at BFI Flare this morning. It is also showing this evening Wednesday at 18:15 and 20:50 and also on Thursday 22nd March at 15:50. 

'My Days of Mercy' stars Ellen Page of 'Juno' stardom, 'Freeheld' and blockbuster hits 'X-Men' and Kate Mara star of 'The Martian' and the soon to be released 'Megan Leavey', the true life story of a Marine Corporal who's bond with a Military combat dog saved lives during her deployment in Iraq.

Ellen and Kate co-produced this film too as well as starring in these magnificent roles. With great Direction from Tali Shalom-Ezer, Israeli Filmmaker, Writer and Director, whose feature film 'Princess' debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival as part of the world dramatic competition.

My Days of Mercy

Lucy (Page) spends most of her time with her older sister, Martha, and younger brother, Ben travelling to Midwest federal prisons for whoever is due next to be executed on death row that night to protest peacefully for the abolition of the death penalty. On this one occasion Lucy spies Mercy (Mara) who is in the opposite camp with people who support the executions taking place. Mercy approaches Lucy where a beautifully written wrenching love affair that threatens to shatter Lucy's beliefs. Issues observed in this picture are the importance of the death penalty debate and the love affair between opposites attract.

Page and Mara have an excellent on-screen chemistry, which gives the audience a career best performance from both their leading actors.  The highlight of the film for me was a lip synced routine by Mercy to Duffy's hit Mercy, where Mercy gets Lucy to join in and what follows is definitely worth watching. In the words of BFI Flare itself "A film about love conquering difference, it's the perfect opener to BFI Flare".

"A must see performance from Page and Mara. Their on-screen chemistry is mesmerising"

4.5 star film review of My Days of Mercy on Planet Nation

About My Days of Mercy

My Days of Mercy is director Shalom-Ezer’s follow up to Princess is a poignant love story between two women from vastly different backgrounds and opposing political views. It also features Amy Seimetz as Martha Morrow (Lucy’s sister) and Elias Koteas as Simon Morrow.

My Days of Mercy is written by BAFTA-nominated British writer Joe Barton (The Ritual & iBoy) and the film is produced by Ellen Page, Kate Mara, Christine Vachon (Killer Films(link is external)) and David Hinojosa.

Film Synopsis

“Sisters Lucy (Ellen Page) and Martha Morrow (Amy Seimetz) are regular attendees at state executions across the Midwest, where they demonstrate in favour of abolishing the death penalty. At one such event, Lucy spots Mercy (Kate Mara), daughter of a police officer whose partner was killed by a man about to receive a lethal injection. Mercy is there to celebrate justice served.

Lucy and Mercy could be bitter enemies, yet they share an undeniable connection. Their relationship grows from hostility to curiosity to intense, physical passion. But eventually Lucy must confess her reasons for getting involved in the cause: her own father (Elias Koteas) was convicted of murder and now waits on death row. Can Lucy and Mercy overcome their intense differences, or will these differences consume them?”

BFI Flare 2018About BFI Flare

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, formerly known as the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, is the biggest LGBT film festival in Europe. It takes place every spring in London, England is external)


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