A young mother escapes her abusive husband and fights back against a broken housing system. She sets out to build her own home and in the process rebuilds her life and re-discovers herself.
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. Using all her ingenuity to make her ambitious dream a reality, Sandra draws together a community to lend a helping hand to build her house and ultimately recover her own sense of self. It's filled with touching scenes that reflect a mother's resilient devotion to her children as she strives to shape a better life. The script is smart enough to avoid the usual feelgood cliches and sentimental flourishes. Claire Dunne’s performance as the beleaguered mother is grittily authentic.
UK 2020 Phyllida Lloyd 97m