“Women Who Kill” is like the Hollywood version of the famous podcast “Serial.” Except the production premiering at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in New York this month features filmmaker Ingrid Jungermann as its lead instead of Sarah Koenig as its narrator. While the movie isn’t as exciting as Season 1 of “Serial,” its balanced story does leaves its audience wondering: Whodunit?
Jungermann plays Morgan, one-half of the podcast team responsible for “Women Who Kill.” She and her ex-girlfriend, Jean, played by Ann Carr, explore the stories of female serial killers in the Park Slope neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. They occasionally interview women behind bars as they struggle with their own working relationship. Even though they do everything together, Morgan and Jean are not a couple anymore.
If that doesn’t sound confusing enough, things become more complicated when Morgan falls hard for the elusive Simone, played by Sheila Vand, at a local food co-op.
It’s Jean who first suspects Simone is a killer. First it’s because of pure jealousy, and then it’s due to apparent evidence. Even though there are signs Jean’s suspicions may have merit, Morgan largely ignores them.
Despite the fact there might be a serial killer on the loose, the frequently funny and smart “Women Who Kill” is packed with light-hearted jokes, courtesy of Morgan’s dry humor, which helps lift the film’s tone.
Not exactly a comedy and not precisely a horror flick, “Women Who Kill” ultimately falls flat. Its ending is unsatisfying. The humor that carried “Women Who Kill” at its start is absent at its finish. Sadly, the movie leaves its audience without answers.
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