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Call Jane (2022) – Movie Review

Call Jane is a 2022 drama movie directed by Phyllis Nagy starring Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver.

A movie that tells of a real life case, which rattled society in a specific era, and mobilized a community and shifted public opinion.

Premise

Chicago, 1968. Joy, a housewife, leads a normal and sheltered life alongside her husband and daughter, while the city and the nation is on the brink of political and social upheaval. Joy’s life take a turn when she contends with an unintended pregnancy that puts her life at risk, and nobody is willing to help her in a time when abortion is not legal. This leads her on a journey seeking a solution to her situation, and venturing on participating in organizing a clandestine group of women, led by Virginia.

Movie Review

A very well directed movie, in which the director seems to not seek to outshine the story being told. The story itself is strong and solid enough to carry the movie, and the director does what she can to to make it as natural a portrayal as possible, and relays the narrative with objectivity and without interfering in the sequence of events.

Furthermore, this movie counts on two grand and devoted actresses who give us a portrayal of this issue with a good dose of realism. Could it qualify as a docudrama? In a way it does, true, given that the film is more concerned with chronicling the actual events, rather than give the story an artistic take. The atmospherics are really good in ‘Call Jane’, and it transports us to that era, although that amusing aspect of the feature and the iconography of that time soon dissipates as the movie brings into relief the the social issue, giving it center stage, which is Phyllis Nagy’s intention.

She does it well, within her style of not interfering nor becoming a protagonist of sorts in her movie. Allowing an intelligently constructed screenplay unfold itself, and, especially allowing Weaver and Banks shine in their respective roles.

It is a drama, and a movie that makes a statement in defense of women’s rights.

It strikes us as a production that aims to be more of a document or testament with a historical tint that wants its characters and their endeavors, rather than the movie itself, to be remembered.

Well, in this case Nagy’s succeeds.

Director

Phyllis Nagy

Phyllis Nagy

Cast


Elizabeth Banks / Joy

Sigourney Weaver / Virginia

Chris Messina / Will

Wunmi Mosaku / Gwen

Kate Mara / Lana

Cory Michael Smith / Dean

John Magaro / Detective Chilmark

Aida Turturro / Sister Mike

Emily Creighton / PTO mom

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Call Jane (2022)
Call Jane

Movie title: Call Jane

Movie description: Chicago, 1968. Joy, a housewife, leads a normal and sheltered life alongside her husband and daughter, while the city and the nation is on the brink of political and social upheaval. Joy’s life take a turn when she contends with an unintended pregnancy that puts her life at risk, and nobody is willing to help her in a time when abortion is not legal. This leads her on a journey seeking a solution to her situation, and venturing on participating in organizing a clandestine group of women, led by Virginia.

Date published: November 17, 2022

Country: United States

Duration: 121 mins

Author: Veronica Loop

Director(s): Phyllis Nagy

Actor(s): Elizabeth Banks, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Mara, Chris Messina, Aida Turturro, John Magaro, Wunmi Mosaku, Cory Michael Smith

Genre: Drama

Our Opinion

It strikes us as a production that aims to be more of a document or testament with an historical tint that wants its characters and their endeavors, rather than the movie itself, to be remembered.
Well, in this case Nagy’s succeeds.

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