DIR: Ken Wardrop • PRO: Andrew Freedman • DOP: Kate McCullough, Michael Lavelle • ED: Ken Wardrop
Ken Wardrop’s captivating documentary is simple in its premise, meticulous in its construction and joyous in its effect. His & Hers is a tribute to the director’s mother, ingeniously crafted through a series of 70 interviews with different female subjects, each relaying their own particular circumstances with regard to the men in their lives. It traces a chronological tale that is, at once, both a personal and universal love story.
Wardrop frames his subjects in simple portrait shots taken in their domestic spaces and films them entering and exiting the frame in a natural way that maintains a smooth transition between interviews and allows the various individual vignettes to succeed as one coherent narrative.
As the final few interviews focus on the latter stages of life, we hear tales of the absent men as the women reflect on the husbands that have passed on. There are some heart-wrenching moments, heightened by Denis Clohessy’s subtle score, which bring proceedings to an emotional climax, richly intensified by the film’s haunting final image.
Every now and again a film comes along that sweeps you off your feet and restores your faith. Hers & Hers does just that. It is, ultimately, an elegant piece of articulate filmmaking.
His & Hers is available on DVD from 15th October.
Extra DVD Features include: Director’s Commentary. Short Film The Herd. Trailer.
* Feature Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Dolby Digital Stereo
* Language: English
* Region: PAL Region 2
* Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
* Number of discs: 1
* Classification: G
* Colour: DVD 9 Dual layer format
* Running Time: Approx. 80 minutes