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Suburban Joy in Call Jane by Phyllis Nagy

Set in Chicago in 1968, Call Jane is a powerful film that tells the story of Joy, a suburban housewife whose life takes an unexpected turn when she develops a life-threatening heart condition during pregnancy. In her quest to find a safe and legal abortion, Joy is forced to confront the all-male medical establishment and turn to two brave and visionary women, Virginia and Gwen.

Directed by Phyllis Nagy, the film captures the essence of the late-sixties social change that was taking place during that time. The use of a 16mm camera, along with the KODAK VISION3 250D and 500T Color Negative Film, helps to create a distinct visual language that highlights the contrasts between the different environments in the story.

Elizabeth Banks delivers a powerful performance as Joy, a woman who finds herself in an impossible situation but refuses to give up. Sigourney Weaver and Wunmi Mosaku also deliver excellent performances as the two women who help Joy in her quest for a safe and legal abortion.

Photo Credit: Wilson Webb

This is not just a film about women's rights, it's also a film about the power of collective action and the importance of standing up for what is right. Joy's journey is not just about her own survival but also about fighting for the rights of women everywhere. The film is based on true events, which makes it all the more powerful and compelling.

A must-watch film that tells a story that is both inspiring and timely. It reminds us of the progress that has been made in women's rights and the work that still needs to be done. With its outstanding cast and masterful direction, Call Jane is a film that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

Call Jane was co-written by Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi, and helmed by Nagy, who, amongst many accolades, received an Oscar nomination, Best Adapted Screenplay, for the 16mm-originated Carol (2015, dir. Todd Haynes, DP Ed Lachman ASC).

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