Riseborough is one to watch in ‘Shadow Dancer’

Jonathan Hession/Magnolia Pictures

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You can sense the play-on-words headlines waiting just around the corner for Andrea Riseborough, who does, certainly, have a surname befitting a film industry up-and-comer. The IRA-themed indie “Shadow Dancer” (2013) marks the third DVD release in a month in which the British actress has stood out, perhaps to a level that even the filmmakers didn’t anticipate. Riseborough, 31, plays Collette, a single mother in early ’90s Belfast whose tragic family history with the Troubles has led to her reluctant involvement in the IRA. Riseborough doesn’t speak a word in her first 10 minutes onscreen, a striking sequence in which her expressive face carries us through a London bomb plot that Collette deliberately botches.

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