Docu-drama based on a true story.
This is the story of true love turned violent. Told with the names changed and with the narration of the protagonist – in the dull, listless voice of someone who has given up hope – to progress the story along with time frames which gives the drama an episodic quality which adds to the central character’s feelings of alienation.
Some of the bits in the film were difficult to watch. Not that that is a bad thing in this case, because awareness still has to be raised over a problem which is still an issue in the 21st century. In this docu-drama, the persuasive charms of Reece changed into controlling violence for cowed Ashley who had so many ambitions before she came under Reece’s spell.
Ashley’s beyond-the-grave monologue added to the drama because as an audience we got to see her side of the story, not just the story being told onscreen. Its heartbreaking as she slowly begins to believe that Reece’s violence is her own fault. Indeed, she even believes that she provokes him and makes him angry.
I feel a bit uneasy about giving this drama a 5* rating due to its subject content but the writers did well on making a drama which could encourage discussions on domestic violence and how to stop it.
MY RATING: ***.5 / *****