If you are an English major, I would bet that you have read, perhaps more like dissected, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper. It’s famous as a piece of feminist literature that discussed female physical and mental health at a time (1892) when it was easier to say that a woman was being hysterical.
The debut film THE YELLOW WALLPAPER stays close to the text while still taking some liberties. In it, Jane, a writer and young mother, is prescribed complete rest by her physician husband, who takes her to a remote country estate for the summer. There, he chooses a room for her that is covered with an odd yellow wallpaper that she instantly hates. She becomes obsessed with it to the point that she concludes that there’s a woman trapped in it that must be freed.
I enjoyed this film because it brought back spirited classroom discussions from back in the days, even as I enjoyed the creative surprise elements added in by the filmmakers. THE YELLOW WALLPAPER was written by Alexandra Loreth and Kevin Pontuti, and directed by the latter. It stars Loreth, Joe Mullins, Clara Hart, and Jeanne O’Connor. It was filmed in Bruff, Ireland, it’s 99 minutes long, unrated.
THE YELLOW WALLPAPER will be streaming through April 2, 2021. Tickets are only $3.99 and can be purchased HERE. The website requires you to make an account, but it takes only a few minutes.