In addition to reworking Orpheus’s mythological basis, Jumbie is much bolder in its application of magic. Spirits are an explicated part of the film’s world-building, and the characters’ access to magic is no secret. The film’s mystery lies not in the reality of magic (which is a given), but in Asha’s indetermination to take advantage of the feminine power her body has always retained.
Like Orpheus’s Eurydice, Asha is trailed by a fearsome, ghostly presence (and dodging this underworldly, Carnival-ready phantom sometimes distracts from romance with Roger). Unlike Eurydice, it’s evident that Asha is not powerless — even if she is fearful.
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