Trailer: Rachel Brosnahan Goes on the Run in the Feminist Crime Thriller ‘I’m Your Woman’
It may be a bit of a crude parallel to draw, but amongst the seventy million people who voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, there must have been no small number of women who pulled the lever for Trump in 2016. Many were surely willing to look the other way the first time when it came to his crass criminality and misogyny, in hopes that some unspecified prize of prosperity awaited them in return. (It didn’t.)
And that’s somewhat the dilemma faced by the character of Jean in the upcoming film I’m Your Woman, very much hinted at in the first trailer. Played by Rachel Brosnahan—who has earned an adoring audience of mostly women as the title character in the hit Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—her criminal husband has given her a seemingly good life, until, as happens in the life of a criminal, something not quite fully explicated goes wrong. It turns out he has betrayed the wrong people, is forced to go on the run…and leaves Jean and their adopted baby in the capable hands of a stranger named Cal (Arinzé Kene)…and things start to get serious from there.
It takes place in the 1970s, and the scenography and wardrobe capture the era perfectly—from the striped couches to the turtleneck sweaters—without beating you over the head with retro kitsch or cool. Yet the overarching atmospherics are almost Lynchian in their eerie shadowiness. Jean is forced to leave behind comfortable suburbia and head into the woods for cover, with Cal and his totally badass wife Teri (played by Marsha Stephanie Blake) becoming her survival instructors of a sort.
We see her learning how to shoot a gun, and you can sense that it’s not so much about the weapon instilling her with (fire)power, but that it’s a metaphor for her taking control of her life in a situation where she’s been put in danger through no action of her own. So, yes, there is a feminist bent to I’m Your Woman, albeit one that requires the employment of quite a bit of violence.
Then, as a particularly dramatic version of Jefferson Airplane’s ‘Somebody to Love’ blares away in the background, we see Jean bouncing from nightclubs to car chases to one of her husband’s sleazy associates holding a gun over her threatening “This can all be over.” She finally concludes, “This is no place for a child.” Hmm, what gave it away?
Brosnahan radiates tension, anxiety, but also a dauntless determination and self-possession. So, yes, expect another extremely memorable performance from the Golden Globe Winner—only this time, a rather more harrowing one.
I’m Your Woman will open in select theaters December 4, before its wide release via Amazon Prime Video December 11.