Joe's So Mean to Josephine directed by Peter Wellington
Describing her 1996 Sundance entry Joe's So Mean to Josephine, Sarah Polley told a Toronto journalist, "I can't believe it was written by a man!" Polley's female-chauvinist comment proves how rarely our culture provides insight into male behavior, masculine pain. Joe's So Mean to Josephine, a criminal-class-boy-meets-upwardly-mobile-girl love story, resembles a Vancouver Breathless. It has no Godardian innovations, but its depiction of how wrong two hearts can be reveals the way class tensions and emotional inexperience affect relationships?the things indie movies are thought to do, talked about doing but rarely, if ever, achieve.