Let's Scare Jessica to Death ★★★★

begins so placid, with the approach of a hearse and a lovely tombstone sketch, but builds into genuine hysteria, in an almost prototypical, skeletal sense (this is a "Psychotic Woman" movie stripped to its barest parts and yet to call those parts bare seems to belie their craft and texture, which is exquisite, patient). heartbreaking too, as she doubts herself even to the very end, gaslit and disbelieved and tossed aside and oh so afraid, it's hard not recognize jessica, in all her thorniness, and love her (she looks the best when all her overdone makeup's been stripped off, doesn't she?). really really good shit, empathetic and moody by turns but always a lovely dollhouse full of broken dolls

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