The Yellow Wallpaper in Restraint
Angela Burroughs, the main character of Restraint, stumbles across Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s classic short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” while attending a writing group, and the story strikes a chord. It’s no coincidence that Angela relates strongly to the bedridden protagonist of a hugely influential work first published in 1892. Writer and Director Adam Cushman cites the story as a primary inspiration for the feature film.
Themes such as the extreme mental unrest caused by the isolated, unsatisfying life of a housekeeper in modern day Suburbia, and a husband whose support does more harm than good just go to show that in some ways, not much has changed since 1892.
Haven’t read any stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman? You can buy the Dover Thrift Edition shot in the movie from a used book store near you, or on Amazon.