BFI Flare: My Fiona (2020) A Review

Due to have its World Premiere at The Flare Festival this year, My Fiona is a tale of Grief and Love that pulls on all your heartstrings.

Certificate: TBD

Director: Kelly Walker

Screenwriter: Kelly Walker

Starring: Jeanette Maus, Corbin Reid, Ryan W. Garcia

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 87 Minutes

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

After her best friend Fiona commits suicide very suddenly, Jane struggles to find meaning in anything anymore.  So she agrees to babysit Fiona’s son while her wife is at work during the day.  This leads to an intimate relationship between the two women that could either help to heal them both or bring up old wounds that aren’t fully healed as well as create new ones.

This movie is at its heart, a close examination at the effects the grief can have on people.  At the beginning we see how awkward Jane is at the funeral, and that is such a relatable scene, funerals are terrible events, no one knows what to say or how to act, and this film captures that amazingly.  It also has a great depiction of grief.  And that everyone suffers it differently and recovers from it differently.  Jane is on a search for answers.  She wants to know why it happened, and if there was something she could have done to prevent it.  Whereas Fiona’s wife Gemma, throws herself back into work and tries to keep herself busy.

 You really see the two women battle their way through the fog of grief and to start emerging on the other side.  Their relationship my have been a terrible idea, but it was what they both needed at the time.  I don’t know if I truly bought the romance between the two, I felt the chemistry was a little flat, but the romance wasn’t really the focus of the story, so I could overlook it.

Jeanette Maus is a powerhouse in this film.  She plays Jane with such emotion and you empathise with her so much.  You feel her sense of loss in everything she does, you feel the sense of confusion when she is exploring the possibility that she might be a lesbian.  She just wants someone to tell her if that is normal or not and of course, no one has the answer to that.  Sexuality isn’t something that can be labelled or diagnosed. And throughout it all, the performance that is given is top notch.

The story does almost solely focus on Jane and Gemma, and therefore there is no real focus on Fiona and the cause or reason for her suicide.  And as a viewer I was waiting for the big reveal.  Or maybe the whole point is to emphasise that sometimes, when someone does this, the people left behind truly don’t know why it happened and have to find a way to move on with this gaping question over their heads.  But I do wish there had been a bit more of a focus on Fiona’s story, and how she got to the point that she did.

A really great and intricate look at grief and a touching love story thrown in as well. 

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