“My Days of Mercy”
A Love Story for Today
Lucy (Ellen Page) is the daughter of a man on death row who falls in love with a woman (Kate Mara) on the opposing side of her family’s political cause in this film of our times.
Sisters Lucy and Martha Morrow (Amy Seimetz) are regular attendees at state executions across the Midwest, where they demonstrate in favor of abolishing the death penalty. At one such event, Lucy sees Mercy (Kate Mara), also at the Festival in Chappaquiddick), daughter of a police officer whose partner was killed by a man about to receive a lethal injection. Mercy is there to celebrate justice served.
Lucy and Mercy could be bitter enemies, yet they share an undeniable and strong connection. Their relationship grows from hostility to curiosity to intense, physical passion. However, eventually Lucy must confess her reasons for getting involved in the cause: her own father (Elias Koteas) was convicted of murder and now waits on death row to be executed.
What is unique about “My Days of Mercy” is the empathy and respect to all sides of the debate as divisive as the death penalty. By staying attentive to the details of her characters and what they want, director Tali Shalom-Ezer is able to explore intractable differences. She shows us that love indeed can bring us together.