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Ask for Jane (2018)

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A group of determined Midwestern women begin providing safe but illegal abortions in this 1960s period drama based on a true story.

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Rachel Carey

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Rachel Carey, Cait Cortelyou (original idea)
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Credited cast:
Brian Tarantina ... Angry Doctor
Cody Horn ... Janice
Alison Wright ... Ada
Sarah Steele ... Donna
Sarah Ramos ... Maggie
Chloë Levine ... Barb
Alice Kremelberg ... Young Woman
Ben Rappaport ... Bill
Melissa Marsala ... Mary Frattini
Danny Flaherty ... Tim
Sophie von Haselberg ... Joyce
Phil Burke ... Gary
Saycon Sengbloh ... Roberta
Lilly Englert ... Patty
Ellen Toland ... Dinah
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BASED ON A TRUE STORY Chicago, 1969 - Imagine a world where abortion is punishable by prison, and getting birth control is nearly impossible. As a result, women die every day from taking matters into their own hands. When a pregnant student at the University of Chicago attempts to take her own life, Rose (Cait Cortelyou) and Janice (Cody Horn) find a doctor willing to perform the procedure in secret to save the woman's life. Sparked by this experience, Rose and Janice form the Jane Collective: a secret organization to help other women obtain safe and illegal abortions. Operating like a spy network, complete with blindfolds and code names, the Janes help thousands of women - but they can't hide from the police forever. Written by Cait Cortelyou

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If society won't help them, they're just going to do it themselves.

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17 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Informative Film Better in Content Than Form
27 October 2019 | by Moviegoer19See all my reviews

I was very engrossed in watching Ask for Jane. Though I am of the same generation, aware and well read, I didn't know about the Janes. I wonder whether publicity about them ever reached the East Coast. I had to keep reminding myself that the film took place in the Midwest, thereby making the plight of women more of a struggle than in more progressive cities on both Coasts. Their location also explained the way the women looked, which puts a positive spin on it, rather than saying the director screwed up. Some of the outfits they wore and hair styles were not very realistic. In fact, one was downright distracting: one of the main characters, Rose, had a dye job, in which the bottom three inches or her hair were reddish while the rest was dark brown. To my knowledge this type of hombre effect in hair coloring did not become a popular style until after the Millennium.

But hair and clothes aside, the film is powerful in its portrayal of dedicated young women who felt strongly enough about helping women, including themselves, to risk being arrested and convicted of a crime. Ultimately the film is about the oppression of women, and how the right to control one's own body, and even to know and understand one's body, had always been in the hands of men.

The film was strong in showing how in most situations, the women were always expected to defer to men, whether their husbands, fathers, doctors or clergy. Despite coming from relatively conservative backgrounds, the women portrayed, the Janes as they were known, were brave, noble and revolutionary. I hope they got (or get) at least some of the recognition they deserved.


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