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Movie Review – Wild Nights with Emily (2019)

Wild Nights with Emily, 2019.

Written and Directed by Madeleine Olnek.

Starring Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, Brett Gelman, Jackie Monahan, Kevin Seal, Dana Melanie, Sasha Frolova, Joel Michaely, and Lisa Haas.


Dramatisation of the little known side of the writer Emily Dickinson’s life, in particular her relationship with another woman.

It’s fitting that Wild Nights with Emily, a challenging counterpoint to society’s typical understanding regarding the reclusive and self doubting Emily Dickinson’s life, stars Saturday Night Live‘s Molly Shannon in the titular role as writer and director Madeleine Olnek (once again tackling Lgbtq studies and boosting the historical importance of the community in the process here with her third feature film) foregoes heavy drama in favor of sketch comedy bits that juxtapose perceived facts with highly plausible fiction.

In a nutshell, some segments are funny, some contain biting social commentary that is still relevant to our current landscape,

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