‘Call Jane: Elizabeth Banks Film Portrays Crucial Time For Abortion In Chicagos History

‘Call Jane: Elizabeth Banks Film Portrays Crucial Time For Abortion In Chicagos History

In a beautiful opening to the historical drama Call Jane, we follow Elizabeth Banks Jo smartly dressed in a Mad Men setting as he enters the lobby of a downtown Chicago hotel. Her lawyer husband's firm is hosting a Shendi party where Joey finally emerges from behind the turnstiles to see cops in glittering blue helmets as protesters chant, "The whole world is watching, the whole world is watching, the whole world is watching." "

Welcome to 1968 Joey! Your whole world will also change.

Earlier this year, we had a valuable and timely HBO documentary, Janes, about the heroic Chicago-area women who created an underground network to provide safe, albeit illegal, abortions to thousands of people in the end and in the early sixties. The 70s feature Now Come Call Jane by Phyllis Nagy (2015 Oscar-nominated transcriber) tells the story largely through the experience of Banks, a housewife in suburban Chicago whose lens is reversed . Then he turns. She is facing a life-threatening pregnancy.

When Joe is denied an exclusive private abortion by the uncaring, all-male hospital board, he calls "Jane" on a hotline for women seeking abortions and is sent to a secret location where he pays $600. cash. The somewhat rude and intimidating young doctor (Corey Michael Smith) may not even be fired, but he performs the procedure.

Once Joey recovers for a few hours, he'll be on his way; It's his plan. But he is drawn to founder Jane of Virginia (the great Sigourney Weaver) and the stories of various women desperate for help and unable to go to court. Joy quickly joins the group and eventually learns how to have surgery, even as she tries to maintain her role as a happy housewife to her lawyer husband Will (Chris Messina) and teenage daughter (Grace Edwards).

"Call Jane" tackles a range of social and political issues, even within the ranks of Jane's liberal group, where patients who can afford an abortion are given priority over those who cannot and sometimes struggle. Lana's widow, Kate Mara, Joe's best friend, reads Diary of a Crazy Housewife, rolls pills like candy and, of course, says she voted for Nixon. (The script seems to be trying to cram a lot of late 1960s commentary into a relatively minor character.)

However, "Call Jane" too often adds depth and nuance to the story. The actions of Will, Charlotte, and even an undercover Chicago Police Department detective when they individually discover Joe's activities are surprising and, in some cases, very touching. We've known for a long time that Elizabeth Banks is as good at comedy as she is at drama, and in one of the most serious and important roles of her career, Banks performed very effectively. "Call Jane" is a drama that bears the stamp of historical truth.

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