Women Who Kill (2016)

Women Who Kill
Director: Ingrid Jungermann
Writer: Ingrid Jungermann
Cast: Ingrid Jungermann, Sheila VandAnn Carr
Part of: Transition Festival
Seen on: 14.11.2016

Morgan (Ingrid Jungermann) and her ex-girlfriend Jean (Ann Carr) may not be together anymore, but they still do everything together. That includes their podcast on the topic of female serial killers and working at the local food co-op. It is there that Morgan meets Simone (Sheila Vand) and falls in love with her head over heels. Despite warnings about Simone being a total stranger, Morgan throws herself into the new love. But things about Simone are weird – and maybe she’s hiding something.

Women Who Kill is an unusual film with strange characters who have the potential to be very unlikeable. It could have gone very wrong, but thanks to its dry sense of humor, it goes very right. I liked it a lot.

Women Who Kill is a film that appreciates the idiosyncracies of its own characters. It’s neither flippant about them and reduces them to gimmicks, nor does it take them too seriously. For me, that was a winning formulation and made the characters very likeable, though I can see people not liking them at all as well.

But it wasn’t just the characters, the film was simply funny and made me laugh out loud several times. And the performances were so natural it felt like they were all simply playing themselves. I also loved the podcast. I’m not a podcast listener myself, but female serial killers is a fascinating topic and I would like to know more about it.

The only thing that didn’t work so much for me (apart from the awkward bisexual-not-bisexual moment with Jean at the beginning) was the ending. It was a little too tropey, too predictable and was made weak by that, although it did fit the general tone of the film and the story.

But other than that, I really have no complaints. Even if it won’t quite make my favorite films ever list, it’s pretty damn close.

Summarizing: Strange and fun.

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