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SHIRLEY

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DIRECTED BY JOSEPHINE DECKER
WRITTEN BY SARAH GUBBINS

STARRING ELISABETH MOSS AS SHIRLEY JACKSON

Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson (Moss) is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds (Odessa Young & Logan Lerman) 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.

WINNER – Special Jury Prize for Auteur Filmmaking
2020 Sundance Film Festival

USA    2019    107 MINS.    NEON

Reviews

“Reality-bending indie director Josephine Decker proves the perfect match for this playful psychological study of novelist Shirley Jackson, starring a wild-eyed Elisabeth Moss. This queer, hard-to-quantify psychological study isn’t a biopic so much as a séance — a quasi-occult attempt to invoke the spirit of such a singular author, who reinvented a genre before her death half a century ago, via a film that seeks to channel her unsettling style.”
– Peter Debruge, Variety

“Darkly compelling. A thrillingly perverse example of what happens when the shackles of biopic formula are cast aside.”
– Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

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