The trailer skillfully obscures the central premise of the film, and we’ll pay you the same courtesy; it’s best experienced cold. Suffice it to say that Rooney Mara’s Una and Ben Mendelsohn’s Pete (or so he says) have a dark past, one that the trailer and film communicate through extensive flashback sequences intercut with one harrowing day at the mill where Pete works. They’re on a collision course with a forbidden secret they’ve both buried for years, one that radically changed both of their lives when discovered. There are heated arguments, dramatic knocking-offs of things from tables in one sweeping motion, a painfully awkward champagne toast, and wall-to-wall good acting.

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AuthorFilippo Martinez
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The 41st edition of the Toronto Film Festival will open with Sony and MGM’s The Magnificent Seven. Also selected are Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, his sophomore feature as director, Rooney Mara-starrer Una, Cannes sensation Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, starring Isabelle Huppert and Ben Younger’s boxing drama Bleed For This with Miles Teller.

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AuthorSaul Nathan-Kazis
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Acclaimed theater director Benedict Andrews is taking on quite the project for his feature-length film debut. Formerly titled "Blackbird,” and now known as “Una," the drama stars Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn and is described as a "provocative love story about a taboo relationship." Adapted from Scottish playwright David Harrower’s Olivier Award-winning play, the movie centers on an illicit affair and its devastating consequences.
 

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AuthorSaul Nathan-Kazis
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LONDON — Benedict Andrews’ “Blackbird,” which stars Rooney Mara, has started shooting in the South of England. Pic, which is described as “an intense, unflinching examination of damaged love,” is produced by Jean Doumanian, whose credits include “August: Osage County,” “Saturday Night Live” and several Woody Allen movies, and Patrick Daly for Jean Doumanian Prods., alongside Maya Amsellem for WestEnd Films.

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AuthorSaul Nathan-Kazis
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