Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.
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Jackie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Kennedy. Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady as she fights to establish her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that she created and loved so well. Written by
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Because almost the entire film is shot in the closest of close-ups, actress Natalie Portman had an especially creative relationship with cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine, who became her shadow. The two had to work as a combined unit, like two dancers in a very complex pas de deux. "I feel that so much of the performance was enhanced by the way it all works in synch with Stéphane's camera," Portman commented. "The choices Stéphane made have a really big emotional impact." She continued: "A lot of what we did together was improvisational. I would be moving around and he would also have to, in the moment, decide where to go as I did. It was exciting and the camera was always so close that I had to sort of feel it was just a part of me." Director Pablo Larraín said of how Portman and Fontaine worked in an inventive union: "Natalie had no fear and it really did feel like they were a couple dancing at times. They were just always together, everywhere, and Natalie was giving so much that we didn't even need very many takes. I would say one-third of this movie was made in one single take. She and Stéphane were so connected that I would sometimes see them on the monitor and feel that they were in flight together." See more »
In the final scene where JFK (Caspar Phillipson) and Jackie (Natalie Portman) are dancing at a White House formal ball, Bobby Kennedy (Peter Sarsgaard) tries to cut in on his brother, the President. Peter Sarsgaard (5'11") is clearly taller than Caspar Phillpson (5' 8 1/2"). In real life, President Kennedy (6'0") was taller than Bobby Kennedy (5' 9"), as is evident in many photographs of them together. The 2 1/2 inch height differential between Sarsgaard and Phillipson is almost exactly the opposite of the 3 inch height differential between JFK and RFK, the historic figures they are portraying. See more »
We went to the theater expecting interesting but sad biopic of an enigmatic woman. Well... my husband and at least a couple of other men in the theater fell asleep, at least when the noisy and creepy score did not keep them awake. It is difficult to tell what explains the discrepancy of the overall positive reviews and our clearly disappointing experience. We felt that the reason why the story was told was not clear to the writers and director. It is difficult to understand how the movie was so boring when everything you read about the Kennedys is interesting. Natalie Portman really tried to be convincing but the acting was forced and you could smell the hours of training. The accent of Jackie Kennedy was really weird even though it tried to resemble the original way of her talking. I overheard one couple discussing when we walked back to the parking lot:" It was rather static. - Yes, and psychotic." I am not sure if they understood the meaning of the words but weirdly it made sense. Overall the photography and costumes were beautiful and all other actors were convincing. In conclusion, the lack of connection with the viewers was evident despite the overall high quality.
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