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Review: The Widow’s Last (2017)

The Irish Famine of 1845-1847 was both a great tragedy and a turning point in Irish history. 1847, the worst year of the famine, is also the setting of Vanessa Perdriau’s short film The Widow’s Last. It’s a harsh tale set in harsh times, one about choices, humanity and redemption.

Kathryn Healy (Charlotte Peters, Pound of Flesh) is a young widow struggling to keep herself and her young son Michael (Sam Hardy, Muse) alive during the worst of the famine. Not only is food in short supply, her son has been stricken with the deadly fever that the famine seems to have brought with it.

The Widow's Last Kat and Son

When she stumbles across an injured English land agent (Matthew Wolf, Passengers) she’s forced to choose between her hatred of the English for what they’ve done to her and her people and her basic humanity. She must also weigh the consequences her decision may have with regard to her neighbours and their reaction to it.

Just like our present reality, this film is set in a time of immense hardship, sickness, and racial strife, and it is my hope is that this story and these characters would light a path for us in turbulent times.

Vanessa Perdriau

Running twenty-two minutes, The Widow’s Last is a film that forces the viewer to confront their own values and prejudices as we watch it. How would we react to finding, one of those responsible for our suffering, helpless? Could you justify leaving them to their fate? There aren’t any easy answers, and the film doesn’t pretend there is.

The Widow's Last Landscape

The Widow’s Last is anchored by strong performances from Peters, Wolf and Damien Hasson as Kathryn’s neighbour Sean. It’s also helped by cinematographer Andy Catarisano. Just as the script captures the best and worst of the characters, the cinematography shows both the beauty of the land and the nasty, muddy reality of it as well.

The Widow's Last Sean Gun

The Widow’s Last is available to watch free on Omeleto’s website and YouTube channel. You can check the film’s website and Facebook page for more details.

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