Directed by: Deborah Kampmeier
Starring: Elisabeth Moss (Jessie), Charles Socarides (Shane), Sam Riley (Michael), Stephanie Gatschet (Katie), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Crazy lady), Robin Wright (Mother), Peter Gerety (Father)
Country: United States
Language: English (Optional Eng subs)
Genres: Teen, Religion, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Female-on-female action
Plot – Spoilers:
A small-town 17-year-old, Jessie is at odds with her ultra-religious Christian family and community. She rejects Christ as a symbol of the male dominance she encounters around her and instead strives to be independent, making her own money delivering newspapers. She even finds ways to buy her own booze without depending on the boys at school. Her rebellious traits alienate her from her family and the boys in her community except one, who rather sees her as one to be conquered.
But there’s another side to Jessie. She’s obsessed with Shane, a popular schoolmate, to such an extent that it almost eschews her feminist views in favor of a more traditional one – to just be his wife without personal ambition.
There’s nothing much else happening in Jessie’s life apart from indulging in petty shoplifting and being kind to a crazy woman who’d lost her baby.
But her world is about to be turned on its head. Shane fucks her when she’s passed out, she gets pregnant, and he pretends it never happened. Jessie tries to convince herself and everyone around that she’s a contemporary Virgin Mary carrying God’s child. But her community never considered her an equal and so now, shit done to her doesn’t even count.
Random Thought – Massive Spoilers
When Jessie offered herself to Shane, she pleaded with him to tell her he loved her. In an ironic twist, Michael is the one to finally say the dreaded words, as he rapes her helpless pregnant body.