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At age 13, Veronica became a star in a film directed by “writers” Eric Hathbourne (Malcolm McDowell). A remake is now planned, also directed by Hathbourne, and its sudden reappearance in the press – their pictures paired together on tabloids after so many years – along with the mastectomy, has shaken up a few things from Veronica’s past. In a talk show interview that Hathbourne anticipates will be amicable, the host bombards him with questions about his “inappropriate” relationship at the time with the 13-year-old actress he discovered. Hathbourne is so nervous he’s throwing up – on air – after spatting some nonsense about how things were ‘different back then’. They sure were.

Colbert, along with co-writer Kitty Percy, has created a rich story centered on a cross-generational relationship between two women – Veronica and Desi – who slowly melt into each other as Desi takes on her role as provider and Veronica emerges into her own power . Desi realizes something is wrong at this retreat and wants to get her charge out of there as soon as possible. What is most interesting, however, is that Veronica – when confronted with the horrors of the past (her own and women in general) – she is empowered, she is not afraid at all. Your reckoning with the past is long overdue.

There are a few missteps in She Will, one of which is Desi’s experience with a local that seems like bad news from the first moment. It’s an attempt to tie desi into women’s “destiny,” but it’s unnecessary. Veronica and Desi’s relationship is paramount, and the two actresses do an excellent job of navigating this hesitant path from distrust to trust.

Cinematographer Jamie Ramsay has a big day with the hallucinatory qualities inherent in reality: the trees like silent sentinels, the dense fog obscuring mysterious fleeing figures, the thin scattered light flickering through musty windows. Nothing is on the level; everything seems to whisper of something else. The whole world looks weird. Ramsay enjoys doubling down. For example, a still lake reflects the surrounding landscape in such a dizzying way that it is impossible to tell what is the reflection and what is reality. The images are put together impressionistically, not literally, by the editors Yorgos Mavropsaridis and Matyas Fekete, creating a post-traumatic sense of the haze of painful memories, collective and otherwise.

Some pasts are too painful to look at directly. Veronica finds the power to look within herself, giving young Desi a powerful example of turning pain into something else. Fire not only destroys. It cleans.

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