Elisabeth Moss shines in Josephine Decker’s unsettling and impressive portrait of the acclaimed US writer Shirley Jackson.
Jackson (Moss) is on the verge of completing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds Rose and Fred (Odessa Young and Logan Lerman) upends her meticulous routine. Heightening tensions in her tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband (Michael Stuhlbarg), Jackson decides to befriend Rose, but the young woman soon becomes unsettled by Jackson’s fragile psychological state. Decker takes an imaginative and eerie approach to the literary biopic, playing fast and loose with biographical details to get to the uncanny, rebellious heart of Jackson’s art. The film received its world premiere earlier this year at Sundance, where it won the US Dramatic Special Jury Award.