First Trailer for Indie 'Una' Starring Rooney Mara & Ben Mendelsohn

January 2, 2017
Source: YouTube

Una Movie Trailer

"This is my life! I had to fight for this…" A trailer has debtued for an indie drama adapted from a stage play called "Blackbird". The film is titled Una and premiered at the Telluride & Toronto Film Festivals last year to mixed reviews. Rooney Mara stars as a troubled young woman who comes to a man's work to confront him about their past, and things get a little crazy. Ben Mendelsohn also stars, and the cast includes Riz Ahmed in a small role, as well as Tobias Menzies and Tara Fitzgerald. While some critics flipped for this film, I found it utterly boring, and it feels way too much like a stage play and not at all like a film (taking place mostly in one drab location). It doesn't work well as a film, but that's just my own take. Have a look.

Here's the first official trailer for Benedict Andrews' Una, direct from YouTube (found via TFS):

Una Movie Poster

When a young woman (Rooney Mara) unexpectedly shows up at an older man's (Ben Mendelsohn) workplace, looking for answers, the dark secrets of the past threaten to unravel his new life. Their confrontation will uncover buried memories and unspeakable desires. It will shake them both to the core. Una is directed by filmmaker Benedict Andrews, an Australian theater director making his feature directorial debut in cinema. The screenplay is written by David Harrower, based on his own play titled "Blackbird". The film first premiered at the Telluride, Toronto and London Film Festivals in late 2016. Una is still searching for a US distributor to release the film, and has no official release date yet. Your thoughts?

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It might be as good as acting in it is. Two leads make it intriguing in that respect for me from this trailer ...

shiboleth on Jan 2, 2017


Happy New Years Shiboleth, all the best for 2017.

Carpola on Jan 2, 2017


Thanks. The same goes for you ...

shiboleth on Jan 2, 2017


Happy new year. ;D

tarek on Jan 2, 2017


Happy new year to you, too, tarek. Nice to have you another year around ...

shiboleth on Jan 2, 2017


Hey Bo! Well, I guess, we both know tarek. And I must say it's a genuine pleasure to agree or disagree with him on so many passionate film topics. Which can be also applied to both of us, I believe. And this time, I agree with you about Rooney Mara (what an interesting name) and I expect some good things from her in this film. But remains to be seen. Although, I don't doubt that she will try to do good ... Enjoy yourself, Bo ...

shiboleth on Jan 2, 2017


Well, Bo, crazy times are not happening only in US but also in Europe. Let's hope things won't get much more exciting in bad ways. But, from my perspective, inactivity of people in needed areas of life has brought us all to this. Which is just my opinion, anyway. As for Ms. Mara and the subject of the film. Yes, that's one interesting but also demanding subject, Which is why I have said it also requires strong leads. I agree with you, if the whole thing rest on likes like Kate Mara, it should be good. As you say, later gator (that comes from Wally Gator, an old cartoon, right?) ...

shiboleth on Jan 3, 2017


@disqus_yyq0lnHEEt:disqus o, @shiboleth:disqus Here is what I found on the "see u later gator" : “See you later, alligator” is a catchphrase, an expression meaning “goodbye.” The words are taken from a popular rock-and-roll song of the fifties. It was written by a Cajun from my area of Louisiana and made famous by the group, Bill Haley & His Comets. The song refers to what the singer’s girlfriend says to him when she leaves him for another man. But, when the girlfriend changes her mind and wants to return to the singer, it is also what he says to her. The expression became very popular with my generation and is more like “see you later” than “goodbye.” It was often shortened to “later gator” and the response was “in a while crocodile.” Among the young GIs who had been stationed in Germany, it became “später gator.” (by a poster named dancingbear)

tarek on Jan 4, 2017


Now that's some elaborate research from you. Nice piece of trivia (if I may call it that way), tarek and definitely interesting one. I obviously have to be careful when I say something here (which doesn't need to be a bad thing, like this example), but I can also learn something. Thanks tarek. As for the Wally Gator, it's an old cartoon from my childhood I used to watch when I was kid and this is where, I think, I remember that 'Later Gator' thing (and I am not even sure if that comes from there). But, not everyone needs to know or think about that, of course. Here's something about it ( Cheers ...

shiboleth on Jan 4, 2017


Oh really, yes, you are right. I wasn't careful about that. It's Rooney, not Mara (although, I still like her name). I still don't understand what made me to replace Mara with Rooney. I guess, I was not paying attention enough what I write. But I like very much what you wrote about her, she (Rooney) is very specific; she seems very intuitive and perceptive in her approach to acting. As an actress and as an person (which, honestly, I don't know much about but I think there's something of personality that reflects on the work of actress or actor) she does emit something a bit hypnotic. Interesting person and actress, I definitely agree with that. As for the other thing, I was thinking of inactivity of, I guess, more sane and decent people than those who occupy public space nowadays. The ones you described so well. I don't know what to reply to that and how to do it in a short manner, but I do take course of your strategy as well and am trying just to bypass the craziness and immaturity and obvious ignorance of the people who occupy a place lot of discussions, of making decisions or just of conversations which determine our lives. That's what worries me. I retreat from that, of course, since I don't need and don't want a conflict which is so often the only option for communication among so many people today, but more and more situations and decisions of others do determine our lives. I guess, we have to be wise, I guess, over and over again and go on with our way of living, thinking and acting. And that might just work, I hope in this world that is slowly loosing its normal course. Cheers from here too ...

shiboleth on Jan 4, 2017


I did manage to look funny, didn't I? Well, things just happen sometimes. So, I give up playing smart on this one, Bo. Or, I'll mix up something else ... Cheers, of course ...

shiboleth on Jan 4, 2017


This looks grim. Riz Ahmed is smashing it at the moment, he's always good too.

Carpola on Jan 2, 2017


Did you watch "Night of"? A must watch mini tv series

tarek on Jan 4, 2017


I watched the first episode, but heard it was really good. Still need to catch up on that one. My wife watched it and really liked John Turturro's character.

Carpola on Jan 4, 2017


Maybe a case of trying too hard.

DAVIDPD on Jan 2, 2017


Rooney Mara is as expressive as Kristen Stewart.

tarek on Jan 2, 2017


Hey Bo! I know, I know... ;D I didn't change my mind on Isabelle Hupert. I still find her style too predictable and monochrome. I watched Elle and found it exasperating at time. Because of her play. She looked more deranged than disturbed. Jennifer Lawrence? Pretty face...

tarek on Jan 2, 2017


Way way WAY too heavy a movie for me. Being a father, I can't handle this subject matter anymore.

RAW_D on Jan 2, 2017

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