Her Way – Glasgow Film Festival review by Pat Byrne
UK Premiere – 5 – 8 March, 2022 GFT and At Home 6 – 9 March, 2022
Laure Calamy (Call My Agent) plays the demanding role of Marie, a militant sex worker, fighting for her rights, and a mother desperate to find the fees to pay for her teenage son, Adrien (Nissim Renard), to attend a prestigious cookery school.
Unable to borrow from the bank, she crosses the border from their home in Strasgourg to work in a sex club in Offenbourg in Germany. Despite doing her best to fulfil the demands of the most distasteful and frightening clients and grasping every opportunity that comes her way, she struggles to get the 5000 euro deposit together to meet the payment deadline.
Marie is perfectly at ease with her choice of work and she is well practiced in her sexual wiles. Her son is less at ease and describes her as a hairdresser working from home. The relationship with her son is a mixture of aggravation, frustration and tenderness. Laure Calamy handles each aspect of the character well; normalising the life of prostitution with its genuine friendships and favours, such as from the transvestite lawyer, she calls on to school Adrien in recruitment skills.
Laure Calamy lights up the film with a vibrant and believable performance– she draws in the audience who empathise with her every step of the way.
Pat Byrne, March, 2022
- Govanhill Children’s Book Festival
- Hannah Rarity at Cottiers (rescheduled)
- Kim Edgar and Rhona Macfarlane at Cottiers
- Piping Live! Family Fun Day
- Scotland on Tour – The Rum Shack, Glasgow
- A Robbery at 1.46 a.m. and Bedsit – Websters Theatre
- Access Film Club: Hot Fuzz
- Blind Ambition at Glasgow Film Theatre
- Eric Ravilious: Drawn To War at GFT
- Notre Dame On Fire at GFT
- Nightclubbing: The Birth of Punk Rock in New York City
- The Harder They Come – 50th Annivesary
- Break the Cycle of Homelessness with Social Bite
- Occupy! Occupy! Occupy! – graphic novel launch
- Cottiers – Bar, Restaurant, Theatre, Glasgow West End
- Govanhill’s Got Talent
- Mary Irvine’s Blog: Review – The Way Home by Robin Scott-Elliot
- CINE(STHESIA )- Last Day of the Trams
- Govanhill International Carnival and Parade
- Sea Change Film Festival 2022