My Days of Mercy

My Days of Mercy

Tali Shalom-Ezer (2017)

103min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Two young women on opposite sides of America's capital punishment debate find romantic attraction adding another layer to their complex lives in this US indie debut from Israeli director Tali Shalom-Ezer. Ellen Page, a decade on from her star-making turn in Juno, thrives in a demanding dramatic role as the middle one of three working-class siblings who travel to executions across the US in order to protest against judicial killing. It's at one of these gatherings that she encounters lawyer Kate Mara among the supporters of the death penalty, but a certain spark between them proves difficult to resist. There's quite an involved background here, which the film patiently reveals, delivering an ultimately touching account of how the small-town stigma surrounding same-sex relationships only makes things tougher for those in embattled circumstances. Page, as ever, scores with the script's waspish wit, but there's an emotional depth here, too, adding an affecting undertow to a poised, thoughtful and ideologically even-handed piece of storytelling.

Cast & Crew

Lucy Ellen Page
Mercy Kate Mara
Martha Amy Seimetz
Weldon Brian Geraghty
Simon Elias Koteas
Benjamin Charlie Shotwell
Agatha Tonya Pinkins
Director Tali Shalom-Ezer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SignatureGuidance: Swearing, a sex scene, nudityReleased on: 17 May 2019