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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There is great strength in female friendships. Never underestimate someone because of their age or gender. The past will return to haunt you.
Positive Role Models
Veronica is strong and determined, but also stubborn and impatient. She uses her newfound powers to punish those who hurt others, though does so using violent means. Desi is kind and patient, and shows loyalty even in the face of danger.
The main character, Veronica, is an older woman who has recently had a mastectomy. She is portrayed as intelligent and strong, even during a time of some physical weakness. Though it mentions her past acting career, the film does not fall into portraying Veronica as a tragic aging star, but gives her power and purpose. Supporting character is a female actor of color, portrayed positively without stereotype. Most other characters are White, and men are portrayed as predators who abuse their power, and are punished for their actions.
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Violence & Scariness
Close-up of surgery, including scalpel cutting skin, with blood. Mention of burning witches and dream images of characters with metal contraptions on their heads and charred skin. Characters float from the bed as though possessed, get swallowed by the ground, and fall to their death down a stairwell, resulting in a pool of blood. Suicide mentioned in newspaper headline. Sexual assault in woods, including attempted rape that is stopped. Mention of adult man's relationship with 13-year-old girl, with the implication it was sexual.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Character seen topless.
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Occasional language includes "f--k," "f---ing," "s--t," "bastards," and "bitch." "Christ" is used as an exclamation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink spirits on train and in home. Scene in pub includes people drinking beer, gin, and taking hallucinogenic mushrooms, resulting in inebriation and sickness. Medicinal pills taken under guidance of nurse, including Tramadol and Ambien. Some smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that She Will is an atmospheric horror with violence -- including sexual assault -- strong language, and some drug taking. Veronica Ghent (Alice Krige) is an older actor who travels to a Scottish retreat following a double mastectomy and discovers she is able to act out revenge in her dreams. The violent scenes include a character falling to their death, resulting in a pool of blood; a scalpel cutting skin; and reference to the burning of witches. An attempted rape is shown, though stopped, and there is mention of an adult man's relationship with a 13-year-old girl, with the implication it was sexual. Occasional strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "bitch." Characters drink and take hallucinogenic mushrooms to the point of intoxication. There is also some smoking of cigarettes. The movie is female-led and empowering, though may be slow-moving for more traditional horror fans. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director Charlotte Colbert's debut feature film is a confidently handled horror drama that offers a visceral exploration of aging, gender, history, and revenge. The horror elements in She Will are artistic and sensual, building slowly and atmospherically rather than grabbing hold of cheap scares. The witty script heightens proceedings further to mark this as a smart, accomplished offering. Though the movie actively references the patriarchy and the plot involves vengeance against a past abuser, it is less heavy handed than other films with similar messages, yet remains a decidedly feminist vision.
Krige is suitably bewitching as Veronica. She's both hardened and knowing, yet vulnerable and open to the primal connections that tether her to the surrounding landscape and its potent history. Eberhardt is equally captivating as her kindly nurse-turned ally -- the bond between the two further cementing the focus on female empowerment. Well-cast appearances from Malcolm McDowell and Rupert Everett add to the solid cast. However, the men take a back seat here to a rich, intimate portrait of a woman reckoning with the past and future.
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