Julia Hart’s movie is a slow-burn thriller with the strain constructing easily to fever pitch
Noir and neo-noir invariably call to mind hard-drinking males, clean jazz, fedoras, slinky girls with pink mouths like avaricious wounds and neon-lit, rain-drenched streets. Julia Hart’s I’m Your Woman is what occurs when these conventions are turned on their head.
Set in the ‘70s, I’m Your Woman opens like a dream with vivid colors and Jean mendacity in the solar in a vivid pink negligee with a fur trim. She lives in a beautiful if barely antiseptic home with her husband, Eddie. Her life is ideal apart from a lack of youngsters and when Eddie comes residence in the future with a child, it looks like the cherry on the American dream.
Things then slowly begin to unravel. Eddie is lacking. He has executed one thing improper and unhealthy individuals are after him. Jean is in hazard too and has to depart residence in the nighttime with Cal who may or may not be working with Eddie.
The movie is a slow-burn thriller with the strain constructing easily to fever pitch. Telling the story from Jean’s perspective provides a fascinating angle to the story. Jean’s isolation, her fatigue at caring for the child Harry, her frustration at cooking, all construct up a fascinating and lifelike portrait of life on the run.
Rachel Brosnahan nails her portrayal of Jean. The star of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel breathes life into Jean whether or not she is hiding in the closet with Harry from stone-cold killers or singing Aretha Franklin’s ‘A Natural Woman’ full with the ‘Ahoo’ sound that makes Harry chuckle. Harry, by the way, is cute and may even give Grogu, previously generally known as The Child, a run for its cash in the cuteness stakes. Arinzé Kene performs Cal, Jean’s unwitting guardian angel, Marsha Stephanie Blake performs Cal’s spouse, Teri, whereas Bill Heck is the feckless Eddie and Marceline Hugot is Evelyn who may or may not be harmless.
The silent and bleak movie has a considerably upbeat ending, with the thriller satisfactorily solved and most of Jean’s (and our) questions answered. Written by Hart and her husband, Jordan Horowitz, I’m Your Woman works for individuals who like thrillers with a twist.
I’m Your Woman is at present streaming on Amazon Prime Video