‘Shirley,’ directed by Josephine Decker

Movie, 2020

Film depicting the relationship between Shirley Jackson, her husband and a young couple staying with them, and integrating themselves into academia. The transgressions, awkward and unsettling actions develop an intense setting between these four main characters, which is quite wonderfully evoked with a washed out atmosphere, particularly enhanced with the constant sounds of insects chuntering along in the background. This is also a story of mental health and sexual anxiety, respectively and predominantly exhibited by Jackson and her husband. The young couple’s journey is quite a ride and all-consuming, as are the nerves and suffocating atmosphere at the campus. Intense, edgy and great.


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