Irish Film Institute -Herself


Director: Phyllida Lloyd

On the surface, Sandra is a young mother struggling to provide her two young daughters with a warm, safe and happy home to grow up in. Beneath the surface, she has a steely determination to change their lives for the better, and when it becomes clear that there are no other options left, she decides to build it herself from scratch.

With very little income to speak of and no savings, Sandra must use all her ingenuity to make her ambitious friends support her and lend a helping hand. At the same time, she must escape the grip of her possessive ex-partner and keep him away from her and her girls. The lionhearted Sandra draws together a community of young daughters that help rebuild her own strength and sense of self.

Notes by Screen Ireland

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