Shirley

2020| 15| 107 mins| / / /

Director: Josephine Decker
Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Odessa Young, Michael Stuhlbarg

Elisabeth Moss gives a tour-de-force performance as Shirley Jackson, one of the greatest horror writers of the 20th Century, in this unconventional biopic from the brilliant mind of director Josephine Decker (Madeline’s Madeline), a powerful new voice in independent filmmaking.

Set in the early 1950s, the film charts an imagined chapter in the life of Jackson, who has recently become a literary sensation. When her philandering professor husband (Michael Stuhlbarg) invites a newlywed couple into their home, the reclusive writer is forced to change her routine, which heightens tensions in their already tempestuous household. This change acts as a catalyst, sparking inspiration for the anxiety-prone writer. As she becomes enamoured with Rose (Odessa Young), her unsuspecting new muse, Shirley’s obsession plunges her into a quasi-delirium, awakening a repressed femininity that could inspire her next masterpiece.

★★★★★ “SENSUOUS AND BEGUILING, AN ACT OF PURE WITCHCRAFT” The Independent

★★★★ “WILL KEEP YOU ENTHRALLED (AND GUESSING) UNTIL THE VERY LAST SECOND” Empire

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