Morgan is a woman who is afraid of commitments. She runs a podcast about female serial killers together with her ex-girlfriend Jean. Through her regular work Morgan meets a young woman that she begins to date. Things are going well, until Jean brings up some suspicions...
Ingrid Jungermann isn't a filmmaker I know much about. She has a few titles that I've heard of but never had much interest in (or a lack of information about). I did realize that she had a small part in the great 2013 title "See You Next Tuesday". It's neat when things that you like connect like this! Truth is, I didn't know much about "Women Who Kill" prior to watching it. It had me curious from its darkly comedic trailer where two podcasting women interview a female serial killer at prison, and I knew I had to see it while it's playing at Fantasia this year. It seemed like a fun and interesting movie with a darker theme, without being in any way an actually dark movie (which I am happy to say is completely true to the final film as well, not just the trailer).
"Women Who Kill" is one of few movies I can name that is about podcasters. It's about Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean. Together they run a podcast about infamous female serial killers through the times. They even go as far as to interview serial killers in prison when they get the chance. One day at work, Morgan sees a mysterious, seemingly younger woman - and more importantly, this woman sees Morgan. It doesn't take long before a relationship grows between Morgan and Simone. Morgan, who is otherwise afraid of relationships and commitments, really appreciates Simone's personality. Simone is not like most girls, and especially not like Jean. Simone doesn't want to talk about their baggage, and Morgan appreciates that. But there is something about Simone that has both Morgan and Jean suspicious. Could she be a killer?
What pulls Morgan and Jean towards female killers isn't really made clear as such, but it is not uncommon for people to fall in love with serial killers in real life, which often starts as innocent letters. "Women Who Kill" doesn't go to that extent - but the attraction towards things that aren't good for you is explored thoroughly in the movie. That these homosexual women are fascinated by female serial killers is not a coincidence. Outsiders can often find themselves invested in less conventional interests. Despite being surrounded by many like-minded friends, they are outsiders to the rest of the world by simply being homosexual. It's easy to see why Morgan, a rather standoffish woman, would fall in love with a mysterious and somewhat odd woman such as Simone. And perhaps her believing that she might be a serial killer is not the worst thing in the world? This is just speculation, of course, because I am not in a position to say what Ingrid Jungermann intended with "Women Who Kill", but I will say for certain that everything in the movie feels very deliberate.
The most surprising part about the movie is that it's also a traditional romance movie. Morgan meets Simone. Simone is very secretive about her life. Morgan starts to suspect things about Simone that will put their relationship on the line. It is actually not a bad romantic movie either! While I wouldn't say that it is a movie made for the typical lover of romantic comedies or dramas, I will say that it's still very true to that genre. Despite revolving around oddball lesbians with a fascination for serial killers! Behind all the dark humour is actually a kind-hearted movie.
I like this movie, but I have one small complaint. There are many lesbians in the movie.. There might even more lesbians in the movie than straight women, which is refreshing. But because there are so many lesbians it obviously has to use some stereotypes too. But my issues is that there might be a few too many strongly stereotypical personalities in the bunch. It might serve a purpose, but it's somewhat annoying when a large group of people are hanging out and you can almost point out every stereotype in there. Then again, I don't really surround myself with lesbians. To be clear, that's not a conscious choice, but it's just how it is. But at least "Women Who Kill" seem to have a more grounded version of the stereotypes, so that's good!
There are many reasons to admire Ingrid Jungermann's creation, but she definitely nailed the role as Morgan in every way. The character is perfectly written as a likable outsider. She's the kind of person who you'd probably never get to know in real life because she's not interested in getting to know you, but once you do you realize that she is a very good, albeit insecure, person. Ingrid Jungermann plays the part as Morgan just as well as she has written the role. It's a fine balance between being likably "weird" and annoyingly "weird", and Ingrid as Morgan is always in the former camp.
I went into "Women Who Kill" expecting something a bit more comedy-heavy (black comedy especially). It's still a pretty funny movie with a dark sense of humour, but it actually switches gears quite early on and becomes more focused on romance. I'm not complaining, because it's been a while since I watched a decent romantic movie. Luckily the movie has its messed up, tragic moments and "So I Married an Axe Murderer"-esque premise to keep it from being stale (since the romance plot isn't that original). I can't say exactly who would enjoy "Women Who Kill". It's certainly a lighter movie than you might expect, but it's also funny and odd enough to please some of you. If you're intrigued by this review then keep an eye on it!