Watch at Home: ‘My Days of Mercy’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.
Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 7/5/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • Drop Dead Gorgeous – Lona Williams (writer) (streaming exclusively on Hulu)
  • Mia and the White Lion – Prune de Maistre (co-writer)
  • My Days of Mercy – Tali Shalom-Ezer (director)
  • Ophelia – Claire McCarthy (director), Semi Chellas (writer)
  • Styx – Ika Künzel (writer)


This week’s selection is My Days of Mercy. My Days of Mercy is one of those coming-of-age love stories that happens to see love coming from the strangest of all places.

Both Lucy and Mercy have great chemistry between each other. Real-life friends Ellen Page and Kate Mara are able to sell this romance so well. Both of them are incredible actors. To their credit, it shows–even during the sex scenes in the Winnebago.

My Days of Mercy is well-directed by Israeli filmmaker Tali Shalom-Ezer. I especially love the camera framing when Lucy tells Mercy that her father is in prison for killing her mom. Later on during the execution scene, Michael Brook’s score is very intense. There are a lot of solid filmmaking choices being made throughout the film. It’s still hard to believe that Joe Barton’s script was inspired by a single paragraph in a John Grisham novel.

While the relationship has to work for the film to be successful, the other thing here is the decision to ground a lesbian romance in capital punishment. This decision alone is one of those ideas that easily ups the stakes.  Obviously, there’s a lot more that could be done in this regard. But hey, opposites attract, right?

Please click HERE for my full review.

© Danielle Solzman (7/7/19) FF2 Media
Featured photos from My Days of Mercy EPK
Photo Credits: Lionsgate/Freestyle Releasing

Tags: My Days of Mercy, Tali Shalom-Ezer

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Danielle Solzman is a Chicago-based film critic and an aspiring filmmaker if she can ever put enough time aside to work on her feature-length trans-led political comedy script. When not in Chicago, she attends various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Public Relations while earning a Masters in Media Communications from Webster University after writing a thesis paper on comic books against the backdrop of the American political culture.
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