Ellen Page And Kate Mara Get Rave Reviews For Love Story “My Days of Mercy”

The dark but satisfying queer indie is looking for distribution after premiering at TIFF this week.

Friends Ellen Page and Kate Mara had been looking for a project — a love story — to work on together for a few years when Joe Barton’s script got sent their way. My Days of Mercy, which premieres tonight at Toronto International Film Festival, puts the two women on opposing sides of the death penalty debate. Ellen’s Lucy is against it, and with good reason, as her own father has been sentenced to lethal injection. Mercy (Mara), meanwhile, is for capital punishment, as her cop father’s partner was murdered while off-duty by a mentally unstable man.

 

It’s an unlikely meet cute, outside of a Midwestern prison, but the instant chemistry is set in motion once Mercy singles Lucy out of the crowd of protesters, and they begin a cross-line romance that challenges them both. It’s their want for one another, though, that helps them to find a bit of happiness and hope in an otherwise dark scenario — especially for Lucy, who has been stuck in a sad limbo ever since her father was convicted years before.

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Directed by out filmmaker Tali Shalom-Ezer (Princess) and produced by queer auteur Christien Vachon and Killer Films, My Days of Mercy is a complicated love story with lighter (and sexier) moments to keep it from falling into despair. Mara and Page also served as producers on the project, and their passion for it and their real life friendship have also inspired critics. Early reviews out of TIFF have been positive, with Vanity Fair calling it “a very powerful, emotional, and universal story.” Hopefully these early accolades will help give distributors a reason to pick up the film and bring it soon to a theater near you.

Trish Bendix is a Los Angeles-based writer.
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