DVD Review: The Honourable Woman
Who do you trust? asks Maggie Gyllenhaal as Nessa Stein, the protagonist of The Honourable Woman, and one of a slew of strong female characters that dominate this intriguing, violent and fast paced political thriller.
The answer, of course is no one, especially when women, politics and the Middle East are concerned.
Gyllenhaal owns The Honourable Woman, she is it’s driving force. Portraying Anglo-Israeli heiress Nessa Stein of Stein Corp, a Jewish company which made its fortunes selling arms to Israel, but now under her guidance, seeks to build bridges with the Palestinians.
Of course working towards peace means she has enemies in every camp, and political motives moving chess pieces faster than Bobby Fischer.
It’s a cunning tale of intrigue, with plot twits a plenty, but rich in depth and scarily believable. The strong female cast is also well off set by a brilliant outing by Stephen Rea, as a world-weary spook nearing retirement.
Once again the BBC prove that they have the chops when it comes to stellar TV dramas.
Rating: R16 Violence, sexual violence, offensive language, sex scenes & content that may disturb.