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A woman plagued by blackouts and strange visions discovers she’s stuck in a series of time loops, possibly related to her mysterious new girlfriend.
Director: Kelley Kali
Casting director: Brittani Ward
Release date: 15 june
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Jagged Mind 2023 plot summary:
Billie (played by Maisie Richardson-Sellers) is an art curator who has been dealing with intense nightmares and memory loss issues. Her mom had a debilitative neurological disorder, so she assumes this is an inherited medical issue.
One night, a beautiful woman named Alex (Shannon Woodard) hits on Billie at a bar. Billie is receptive but, despite Alex’s pleas to stay, she ultimately leaves to attend a work event for an artist’s gallery opening. At the event, Billie hooks up with her ex-girlfriend. While making out with her, Billie feels faint and passes out. When she wakes up, she’s back at the bar flirting with Alex, with seemingly no memory that she’s done this before.
The time loop repeats a few more times, with Billie always leaving the bar, and Alex telling her, “See you next time.” In one of the loops, the artist, Rose (Shein Mompremier), approaches Billie at the gallery opening and urges her to “try to remember.” Billie sees flashes of a strange man and a wooden box carved with strange symbols, but ultimately does not remember.
On the next loop, Billie invites Alex to attend the work event with her, much to Alex’s surprise and delight. The two women start dating for real, and pretty soon have been together for six months. Billie’s blackouts and memory loss are getting worse. There are a few instances where Alex reveals her dark, controlling nature to Billie; only to have the scene repeat itself with a nicer version of Alex. It becomes clear that Alex somehow has the power to turn back time and rewrite her girlfriend’s memory, and is using it to cover up her bad behavior. It’s the ultimate form of gaslighting.
Billie discovers that Alex and that artist, Rose, are exes. Billie and Alex have a huge fight, and break up. Following a hunch, Billie goes to Rose’s house and finds her dead. (Alex killed her!) She also finds a wooden container with strange symbols carved into it. Inside, she finds a flash drive with a video of herself having a conversation she doesn’t remember, with Rose and a Haitian man (Jimmy Jean-Louis). Rose explains to Billie that Alex is using a magical crystal to turn back time in an attempt to have a perfect romantic relationship with Billie. All of Billie’s weird dreams are memories that actually happened.
The crystal requires Billie’s blood to work, which is why she has mysterious wounds on her body. And the reason Rose knows about the crystal is that she used it first, on Alex, when Alex first broke up with her and Rose couldn’t accept it. But Alex figured out what was going on, and stole the crystal for herself. Rose went to the Haitian man, Papa Juste, for help, and he gave her the box with the symbols on it. Anything inside the box is protected from the time reversal. Billie just manages to write a note to herself and put it in the box, before Alex reverses time again.
Jagged Mind movie ending explained:
Billie re-discovers the box and reads the many notes she has written to herself over the course of the loops. Her memories come back. She remembers a conversation with Rose, in which Rose instructed Billie to get the crystal, reset time back to before Rose met Alex, and then give the crystal to Papa Juste. Rose stressed that Billie should not keep the crystal, because its power will corrupt her.
Billie manages to get her hands on the crystal but is not able to reset time before Alex discovers her. In her villain monologue, Alex reveals this is not the first time Billie has gotten the crystal. In fact, Alex has killed Billie many times, and is willing to do it again, “for love.” After a physical confrontation, Billie manages to stab Alex with a broken wine bottle. Billie then uses the crystal, with Alex’s blood, to reset time, like she told Rose she would.
In the film’s final sequence, we see Bille give Papa Juste the wooden container with the symbols. Then we see Billie refuse Alex’s advances at the bar, and attend her work event. This time, she doesn’t hook up with her ex. Instead, we hear Billie tell her BFF in a voiceover that she’s keeping her romantic options open. “If anything goes wrong,” she says, “I’ve got it covered.”
Jagged Mind Honest Review
Classic erotic thrillers would normally be the blueprint for Jagged Mind, but the story fits in better with vintage gaslighters. Of course, this film gets creative when finding a new and unusual way of keeping its victim unaware and vulnerable. Rather than Billie being kept totally in the dark about her significant other’s sinister activities, she is active and gradually informed in spite of her temporal imprisonment. The Little Haiti backdrop is also no coincidence; there is an otherworldly component that helps the film stick out from the crowd.
A traditional sense of mystery is difficult to achieve with this type of story, although Jagged Mind is less about the puzzle and more about the puzzle solver. This film, while indeed plot driven, works in suitable studies of its two lead characters. Both Billie and Alex are relatively complex and flawed, with neither one being entirely one half of the hero-villain dichotomy. Woodward’s character is particularly complicated and never just a one-dimensional seducer turned enemy. Her methods are misguided, yes, but the audience can still understand her motivation on a basic level.