After Margaret learns that her 18-year-old son, who she abandoned as a baby, has been found dead, her simple, solitary routine is tragically disrupted. But when Joe, a homeless teen from her neighborhood, enters her life, Margaret offers him a room, and she soon embodies the mother she never was. As Margaret copes with the volatile grief of her ex-husband, her own lonely trauma seeps into her relationship with Joe and begins to blur the line between motherly affection and a far more carnal nature of intimacy.

With a firm grasp on the devastating layers of grief, Rebecca Daly’s Mammal expertly guides us through the isolating depth into which Margaret is thrust. Rachel Griffiths, Barry Keoghan, and Michael McElhatton infuse the film with raw vulnerability that pulsates with the animalistic nature of trauma. This quiet portrait of anguish further establishes Daly’s position as a director with astonishing command.

YEAR 2015

SECTION World Drama

COUNTRY Ireland/Luxembourg/Netherlands

RUN TIME 99 min

COMPANY Fastnet Films

WEBSITE http://www.fastnetfilms.com

EMAIL jenny@fastnetfilms.com

PHONE +353 16394000


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Artist Bio

Rebecca Daly

Rebecca Daly initially studied directing and acting for theatre before studying film. Her first short, Joyriders (2006), won an Irish Film Award as well as other international awards. Her first feature, The Other Side of Sleep (2011), premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival. Daly was selected to participate in the first Berlinale Residency with her second feature, Mammal, and is currently in development on her next project, Good Favour.