Shirley (2020)

  • Biography, Drama, Thriller
  • 1h 47m
“I’m a witch, didn’t anyone tell you?”

Josephine Decker (Madeline’s Madeline) returns with this simmering drama, loosely based on the life of American Gothic author Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) and her literary professor husband, Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg, aka Elio’s dad). In autumn 1964, aspiring young professor Fred Nemser (Logan Lerman) and his wife Rose (Odessa Young) arrive in a sleepy Vermont college town. In exchange for free room and board at the Hymans, Rose agrees to tidy up and look after Shirley, who is so caught up in the process of writing her new novel she hasn’t left the house in months. In a Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?-like scenario, Fred and Rose soon find themselves pawns in the couple’s twisted matrimonial games.

★★★★ “All praise to Elisabeth Moss, who brilliantly plays Jackson as a volcano on the verge of eruption” — Rolling Stone


Josephine Decker