Jakob’s Wife (2021)

Jakob’s Wife (Stevens 2021)

What a fascinating film! Technically well made, story and characters that are well crafted, ideologically supremely toxic. This film was reminiscent of Summer of ’84 in how it was entertaining and at first glance, not particularly problematic. However, once we dove into a detailed analysis the rot just kept getting deeper. The contradictions also led to quite the conundrum as to how to evaluate the film in terms of social justice.

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Jakob’s Wife (Stevens 2021)

TOPIC INDEX – TOPIC INDEX – Jakob’s Wife  (Stevens 2021) (times are approximate) 

0:30 – Introductions
2:45 – spoilers
4:15 – Movie discussion begins
4:15 – overall impressions and context
7:00 – spoiler discussion begins
7:00 – gore
9:45 – race
11:30 – overview of the film; stepping back to step forward
16:00 – arch of normalcy in the film
22:00 – conflicting subtexts of liberation and constraint
24:30 – Marshall picks a side
32:30 – religion
37:30 – the evil
40:00 – quality vs quality
42:15 – crucial questions
45:55 – ending
49:30 – an alternative read on the ending
56:00 – parallels to Summer of ’84
58:00 – working back through the film
1:03:00 – diversity of cast
1:18:00 – creators
1:20:15 – grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Social Responsibility

Related Episodes
Summer of ’84 (Simard, Whissell, Whissell 2018)
The Lodge (Fiala and Franz 2019)
The Conjuring (Wan 2013)
Insidious (Wan 2010)


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