“When my heterosexual partners die, their pension goes to their spouses. But because my partner is a woman, I don’t get to do that. In my twenty three years of being a police officer, I’ve never asked for special treatment. I’m only asking for equality.”
Title: Freeheld Year: 2015 Language: USA (English)
Plot: Dedicated New Jersey Police Lieutenant, Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree (Ellen Page), bravely battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
A story that needed to be told, and two wonderful actors willing to tell it. This is a story I hadn’t even heard of living in Australia. We don’t even have anything close to Marriage Equality yet so the idea of losing your partner’s pension benefits and not even being recognised as a legally dignified couple in a time of crisis is a scary thought.
The performances were powerful individually, but I think the different acting styles made it hard for me to appreciate them as a couple. I couldn’t separate the actors from their characters.
A high quality festival style film, which is devastating at times but mostly sobering.
Can watch this with a date, family or friends. Its clean and the story has some great detail on political, social and emotional inequality.