February 16th, 2017 by PRatt
March 11, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

(US, 2016) Director: Pablo Larrain. Screenplay by Noah Oppenheimer. Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt.

Perhaps it takes an outsider like Chilean political filmmaker Pablo Larrain (Neruda) to be able to disregard the icon, and imagine the very real woman who was born Jacqueline Bouvier. In her second Oscar-worthy performance in two years (along with 2015’s A Tale of Love and Darkness, which she also directed), Natalie Portman reveals the shifting personae of a fragile but fiercely intelligent woman. She is the elegant, conflicted First Lady, a traumatized wife and mother, and a widow fighting to preserve her husband’s legacy of progressive ideas and charisma. The entire ensemble cast is on point, with standouts Peter Sarsgaard as Robert Kennedy, and Greta Gerwig as Jackie’s childhood confidant / White House Social Secretary Nancy Tuckerman. The haunting, Academy Award nominated score is by experimental pop composer Mica Levi. 99 min.
“It is a fever dream of a movie – Audacious. And exactly right.” Ann Hornaday, Washington Post.

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