Israeli Director Tali Shalom Ezer’s Lesbian Romance, ‘My Days of Mercy,’ Screens At TIFF

Screening today at the Toronto International Film Festival is Israeli director Tali Shalom Ezer’s newest drama, ‘My Days of Mercy.’

Starring Ellen Page (“Juno”) and Kate Mara (“House of Cards”), “My Days of Mercy” tells the story of two women, Lucy and Mercy (Page and Mara), who fall in love despite viewpoints that seem impossible to reconcile: Lucy, whose father is on death row, is an anti-death penalty activist; Mercy, whose police officer father’s partner was murdered, supports capital punishment. “My Days of Mercy” is Ezer’s third feature film and her American debut; in 2014 she directed “PRINCESS,” a psychological family drama that cleaned up at the 2014 Jerusalem International Film Festival, and in 2008 she directed “Surrogate,” an hour-long film about the relationship between a sex therapist and her patient.

Page and Mara (Rooney’s sister) are reportedly friends in real life, and had actively sought scripts that would allow them to work together. Since coming out in 2014, Page has taken lead roles in movies with LGBT themes, including “Freeheld” (2015) with Julianne Moore, about a police officer and her partner fighting to legitimize their relationship as Moore’s character grapples with terminal cancer. Both Page and Mara have other projects featured during TIFF this year, which is showing over 300 films.

The reviews for “My Days of Mercy” have begun to come in, so let’s take a look and see how Ezer’s newest film is being received.

Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter:

Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair:

Dennis Harvey, Variety:

Jude Dry, IndieWire:

Deborah Krieger is a curatorial assistant and freelance arts and culture writer. She had written for The Awl, Bust Magazine, PopMatters, Paste Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, and blogs at I On The Arts.

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