The Bell Jar
Director: Kirsten Dunst Writers: Kirsten Dunst and Nellie
Producers: Lizzie Friedman, Dakota Fanning, Brittany Kahan
Executive Producers: Kirsten Dunst, Celine Rattray
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Jesse Plemons
Published in 1963, Sylvia Plath’s THE BELL JAR is a world-renowned classic examining many themes that still resonate today - of sexuality, societal expectations, ambition, anxiety and the conflict over motherhood and career. Plath’s central figure, the fiercely modern Esther Greenwood, is accompanied by an array of lively characters and the novel brims with dark wit and humour. Bringing it to the screen for the first time in nearly four decades, Kirsten Dunst will make her directorial debut with a confident and fresh take on the novel. An actress of remarkable talent, Dunst has worked alongside some of the world’s great directors including Lars von Trier in the brilliant MELANCHOLIA, for which she was awarded Best Actress in Cannes.
Set in the 1950s, Esther (Dakota Fanning), a young woman from the suburbs of Boston, wins a summer internship at a prominent women’s magazine in New York City. Esther tries to embrace this newfound freedom but finds herself neither stimulated nor excited by the city’s glamorous culture and lifestyle. Struggling with the expectation that girls her age should idolize this world, she is unable to reconcile her conflicted feelings. As her time in New York counts down, she can’t escape her memories of an idyllic childhood turned on its head, of Buddy – her home town first love – and of the rising wave of anxiety at the thought of a future without real meaning.