Julia Hart has directed a few movies before I’m Your Woman. Her previous work Fast Color, Mrs. Stevens, and Star Girl all focus on the teen experience in some form or other. These films are very different than her new film. Hart tends to write and direct projects about younger females, and this is about a woman and her baby. It is much more dramatic fare.
Hart enlisted help with the screenplay from Jordan Horowitz. If that name sounds familiar, he was the guy on stage at the Academy Awards that had to take the Oscar for Best Picture away from his film that he produced, La La Land, and give it to Moonlight. He’s also the producer on I’m Your Woman. Hart and Horowitz have been partners on several of her films including all of the ones I mentioned before. This film is a far cry from Star Girl and the others. Those are more of a lighter fair.
Jean (Rachel Brosnahan) is a happily married wife. One night her husband Eddie (Bill Heck) brings home a baby. He tells her it’s their baby now and she needs to give it a name. Not very soon afterward, Eddie moves her and the baby to a new town and house. After this nothing is the same. She has to go on the run with a friend of Eddie’s. Cal and Teri help her stay hidden, but not for long. The men looking for Eddie come for her as well.
Rachel Brosnahan came into prominence with the pilot of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime. She won a primetime Emmy for her role as Mariam “Midge” Maisel, the mother of two, part-time stand-up comedian. Her role in I’m Your Woman is a dramatic turn that shows she has dramatic chops as well. Brosnahan can carry any kind of movie or TV show. She that it facter producers and directors are looking for.
I’m Your Woman is a period piece set in the late ’70s. Director Hart does a really good job with that time period. The clothes, cars, and hairstyles are all authentic. This is a very good thing because it helps get the viewer invested in the characters and story. Other films have tried to get it right and failed. All the pieces are in place for this gritty period piece that makes it work. Good acting, story, and direction make a must-see this December.
Dan Skip Allen
Sean Boelman Head Film Critic/Editor