Shirley: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation
Directed by Josephine Decker
Streaming available after Friday, June 5 at 12:01 am
“A thrillingly delirious film.”—David Ehrlich, IndieWire
Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson (Elizabeth Moss in one of her most beguiling roles) is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband (Michael Stuhlbarg). The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door not unlike Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Jackson can’t go too far though as she needs the assistance of the young wife to help in her research for her next project.
Director Josephine Decker carefully weaves the taught script with a dark palette and some of the most ambitious cinematography in recent years. Winner of the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking from the Sundance Film Festival. 2020, U.S, 107 minutes. Rated R.