“I loved heroin as carnally as a woman loves a man.”
Mallory begins with a pregnant drug user vowing to kick the habit in order to be a better mother. It depicts the determined woman’s monumental fight to stay clean — which she does, against incredible odds.
Helena Třeštíková opens with footage of Mallory shot in 2002: a lean and somewhat desperate-looking young woman, whose rebellious past and heavy-metal punk attitude are clearly chastened by imminent motherhood.
As in Trestikova’s other work, her sincere interest in her subject whittles away whatever prejudice audiences might have toward addicts, thieves, outcasts and other so-called “losers.” Instead, we come away from her films sensitive to the fact that had fate’s whims wafted another way, we could conceivably find ourselves in her subjects’ shoes. Of course, “Mallory” is no different, illustrating not just the effects of homelessness, but also addiction, interpersonal codependency and, in a troubling third-act twist, physical abuse at the hands of a new lover.
The pic ends with a tragic loss and astounding recovery as Mallory studies to become a social worker, completing the circle of empathy and support the film itself represents.
– Peter Debruge, Variety
Q&A with Helena Třeštíková (director) on Wednesday 30.01. at 16:30 at Andorra
- Director: Helena Třeštíková
- Country: Czech Republic
- Year: 2015
- Length: 102 min
- Age limit: K12
- Format: DCP
- Cinematography: Miroslav Souček, Vlastimil Hamernik, Robert Novák, David Cysař, Jiří Chod, Jakub Hejna
- Editing: Jakub Hejna
- Music: Tadeáš Věrčák
- Production: Kateřina Černá, Pavel Strnad / Negativ Film Productions
- Andorra: Wed 30.1. at 16.30