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Single-mother Sandra (Clare Dunne) escapes her abusive partner with her two young children, only to find herself trapped in temporary accommodation. After months of struggling, she decides to self-build an affordable home, but rebuilding a life from the ground up cannot be done alone.
Phyllida Lloyd
Clare DunneHarriet WalterConleth Hill
English [CC]Français
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Ruby Rose O'HaraMolly McCannIan Lloyd-Anderson
Rory GilmartinEd GuineySharon Horgan
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AMGReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Another reviewer claimed this was too unrealistic, that helpful men and other people don't show up and help abused women. Too often that's true because, who wants to be anywhere near a situation involving an angry man?! Can you blame them? Still, many, many people DO help and they deserve credit!

Why this film matters is because we need to see these women, these children represented on screen. Their lives represent the fallout of all the Law & Order episodes and films like Room, Raging Bull, Leaving Las Vegas, Death Wish, ec, etc, etc.

Violence against women is just another way for Hollywood to make big bucks. Do men even know how much they too are losing by such cruel and uncivilized narratives? What about the damage done to them because of how commodified violence is right now? How many young men will go to war because they think it's part and parcel of 'being a man'? This film matters because it can lead us away from the bitter and insane stories that right now, far too many film producers, directors and investors are making billions on at the expense of everyone else.
315 people found this helpful
Sparky MaloneReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
unrepresentative garbage that throws actual single moms under the bus
I could not have ruder words for this English knighted **** of a playwright who wrote this thing for doing such a disservice to single mothers, right down to “it takes a man to save her”. You may be all misty and feeling wonderful about it, but if you believe that any of this is representative of single motherhood, let alone single motherhood after abuse, how many single moms have you devoted that much effort and time to? Exactly, unless they’re your own daughter. And neither does anyone else.

Here’s where single moms generally find help, when they find it at all:

- The next abusive, predatory man
- The women who run the shelters and support-collecting agencies
- The women lawyers and legislators who are occasionally able to make the law work for them
- A woman at the kids’ school
- Their moms and sisters, sometimes

If you actually believe that some lovely, competent, resource-rich community comes together to help the plucky abuse-escapee mom in America, I have a shelter to introduce you to. When are you signing up to dedicate a significant slice of your life to the women and children there? You know, ongoing, committed time? Right. You and everybody else. But hey, now you feel great and inspired, so why should you worry about actual single moms? Surely there’s a nice fairy tale taking care of them all.

For the next fairy tale in the book, please turn to “seek help from your faith community.”

What actually helps: flexible and part-time salaried jobs with benefits that recognize that kids don’t hatch from eggs and raise themselves. Reasonable quality creches like the rest of the world has. Decent educational systems. All the things that make it possible for single parents to make a reasonable living while bringing up the kids. If you insist on building a society whose entire purpose is to defend men’s ideas of themselves as the big heroes in the story, and entitled to women’s free service, then you get misery for single mothers and their kids. Skip that part, and actually acknowledge violence against women when you vote and in how you build your police & legal systems, and single mothers aren’t pore desperate abused-but-gritty hardship cases fit for making you feel all glowy in a fairy tale. They just become normal parents, raising kids, paying bills.

In orther words, it’s up to you, how you vote, what you tell your legislators & councils you want. You don’t get to feel glowy and inspired that way because you don’t get to see a struggle-and-triumph story? Well, maybe it’s not supposed to be about you.
234 people found this helpful
AtaturkReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
a truly inspiring story of a woman with fierce determination and love...
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a truly inspiring story of a woman with fierce determination and love...of her children for and from. a terrible man who abuses her until finely, she had enough. this is not a blockbuster, all star studded cast of a film with fancy locations and sets. but, it has grit, teeth, determination, fortitude, resilience, support from the system and her fellowman. like her house, she rises from the ashes to begin anew, to begin again. i applaud every person that has the odds stacked against them and yet, rise above and go on.
166 people found this helpful
JoAnn AdamsonReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
There is hope for a different life!
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Sad but beautiful story about hope and renewal in the face of domestic abuse. I have lived this life and know it takes a fierce and strong woman to fight against a driven abusive spouse!
I made it and I pray for those that are facing this today!
139 people found this helpful
James R. McgeeReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent in every way
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You would be hard pressed to find a better movie than this one Amazon or anywhere else for that matter. An excellent told story of fierce determination and grit when facing unsurmountable odds. Just goes to show you it doesn't have to be a big budget movies with superstars to succeed. All you need is a good story that could actually happen.
89 people found this helpful
marissaReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie
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I found this movie resonated to me as a single mother who understand the struggle of providing for your child. This movie demonstrates that the battered wives syndrome affects the children too. Especially if they witness their parent getting attacked by someone the thought was supposed to protect them. The human struggle is always evolving and this movie teaches us on many different levels about growth. At least that is what I got from this movie.
63 people found this helpful
Anu MenonReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Make movies like the Amazon!
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Honestly made me feel skeptical because she seemed to have a guardian angel but the gaslighting, the DV, the kids watching - was all very heart wrenching...
Watch, maybe with a box of tissues but know that she rises like a phoenix.
61 people found this helpful
NerdlingReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie
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I really enjoyed this film. It was well made and captivating. It really pulls at the heat strings. Its a good reminder of how to keep going when you struggle in life.
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