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It would be easy to dismiss--to "shrink"--Maggie Cogan's inner world. Having been homeless in Central Park, she clearly displays the classic symptoms of schizophrenia. She is one of thousands and thousands of women in the U.S. left without adequate health care or even the means to support themselves. As her story gradually emerges, the trained watcher wonders whether her schizophrenic predisposition would have manifested so floridly had she not been subjected to the events described in this film. As a result, she believes she is Hera, wife of Zeus, or in Roman terms, Juno, the wife of Jupiter. She wears a radio strapped to her head so she can be "on the airwaves" tuned in to what's happening. (She finds New York gridlock amusing and avoids it.) The filmmaker decided to listen in and, at one point, not only investigate her past, but contact social services personnel to get her some help. Unfortunately, they showed up with sledgehammers and knocked down her shed. No squatters allowed, even in a New York winter.Read more ›
In "Jupiter's Wife," Michel Negroponte introduces us to Maggie, a homeless woman who spends her days wandering through Central Park, surrounded by her dogs, amused by her radio and drawing comfort from her belief that extra-sensory perception allows her to anticipate and understand what is happening in her world.
Negroponte's portrayal of Maggie and her life is free of the kinds of judgments or pathos that one might expect in a film about a schizophrenic.
When Maggie is compelled to submit to a psychiatric exam in order to qualify for a rent subsidy, Negroponte shows us Maggie's version of the interview and allows us to share her relief and amusement that an event so intrusive and potentially threatening to her self-image turns out to be so perfunctory and impersonal.
The filmmaker's affection for his subject creates for the viewer an atmosphere of respect and a suspension of disbelief. We begin to see this mentally ill individually from an entirely new perspective. What if she's not crazy? Maybe this is a person who has simply constructed a sensible world for herself that doesn't make sense to anyone else. When Negroponte asks Maggie to explain what ESP is and how it works, she says it is a "finely tuned understanding of other people and what they want and how they can achieve their goals relative to your goals so we can all just move this everlasting peace grid just down that much closer to earth so that there's peace.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
clicked on this by accident and now it's mine...could watch it through...about a lady with mental issuesPublished 7 months ago by Dr J
Boring, drawn out. I ended up fast forwarding hoping for some sort of climax or major announcement during this documentary. None to be found.Published 20 months ago by Kathy
This is a intimate view of a person who ended up homeless because of the circumstances of her life. The amazing thing is that her spirit triumphed amidst trials that were quite... Read morePublished on August 1, 2014 by John C. Aurelio
Wow this film is different than I ve viewed in some time. Maggie is definitely an animal lover. It will keep you captivated. Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Virginia Urban
Well worth the watch. Made me appreciate the little things in life. Would recommend this movie to my family and friends.Published on February 15, 2014 by Kindle Customer
This is a documentary that tugs at the heart strings. Maggie is obviously an articulate, educated person who is an example of the failure of our mental health system. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Lynne D
This documentary kept my attention the entire way though. Her prediction on the date and time about a specific incident (not a spoiler) was amazing. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Wildlife Fan
I WAS MESMERIZED BY THIS PORTRAIT OF THIS LOVING AND UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL,,,THE SAD TRUTH IS, THAT THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF --JUPITER'S WIVES, DAUGHTERS AND SISTERS OUT THERE,,,WE,... Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by MACHI BABACHI
Apparently the filmmaker was too passionate and lost perspective. Way better stories have been told with less quality footage. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Jason Cannon