2015 (Chile | France | USA | Hong Kong) ( Biography, Drama, History )
DIRECTOR: Pablo Larraín
STARRING:Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig
The assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 sent shockwaves around the globe but it was also a moment of private grief for his widow and children. Jackie ventures into the life of a traumatised, blood-spattered Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) as she struggles to cope with her loss and anger while acutely aware that the whole world is watching. This was a time in which Mrs Kennedy had to battle for her personal right to participate in the commemoration and the mourning, and felt crowded out by the self-important boys’ club made up of the Kennedy menfolk and Lyndon B Johnson’s incoming team.
Superbly shot and nominated for 3 Oscars, ‘Jackie’ becomes something deeper and more emotionally potent. On its surface, it is a portrait of her bravery and her determination to solidify her dead husband’s legacy. But at its core, it’s about a young, strong, unimaginably frightened woman seizing the opportunity to live a life she can finally call her own.