By Alan Scherstuhl
By Charles Taylor
By Melissa Anderson
By Inkoo Kang
By Amy Nicholson
By Sam Weisberg
By Stephanie Zacharek
By Chuck Wilson
Jane is a high-school senior, a smart, outspoken, sexually curious, Jewish teen who's an outcast in her Midwest, aggressively Christian, suburban high school. To escape this repressive environment, she works part-time in an indie-movie theater where the rest of the staff are mostly alcoholic drop-outs in their early twenties trying to make it in various neo-punk bands. Though they treat Jane sometimes as a mascot, sometimes as a whipping post, she's admirably unflappable. Jane knows what she wants from them knowledge about sex and about what the bonds between men and women are made of.
Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore
Written and directed by Sarah Jacobson
At Cinema Village
January 15 to 21
The film is structured largely as a series of conversations between Jane and her various coworkers, shot in single takes and ending with blackouts. (Jacobson has no flair for conventional narrative editing. Whenever she inserts a close-up or a cutaway, the film falls apart.) As these conversations accumulate, they reveal not only Jane, but a half-dozen other characters in surprising complexity. For all its crudity, Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymoreresembles one of Eric Rohmer's moral tales. Jacobson's militant feminism, combined with her generosity toward both male and female characters, makes the film not only intelligent but refreshingly subversive.
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