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
As production moved forward, a skilled producing team joined with producer Darren Aronofsky. Aronofsky's long-time producers Ari Handel and Scott Franklin both joined in. Both were magnetized to the material. Franklin said: "This was such a different and refreshing take on a topic you think you've seen before. What drew me is the material being so personal and really about a woman's journey as opposed to the more typical perspective you get on historical events. And we knew that Pablo [director Pablo Larraín] and Natalie [star Natalie Portman] could peel back the layers and really bring you into that personal story in a way no one else could." See more »
When Jackie and Bobby Kennedy are in the hearse and Jackie quizzes the driver about previous assassinated presidents, Bobby is shown in closeup with his left hand completely flat against the side of his face with fingers fully extended. Following a jump cut to a medium shot, Bobby is now shown with his fingers curled up into his palm. See more »
I saw this movie at TIFF and haven't been able to get it off my mind since. Natalie Portman is brilliant in her portrayal of someone who is both uniquely strong-minded and painfully insecure. The portrayal of this type of personality at a time (the 2-3 days following JFK's death) where personal and national perception was everything is unlike anything I have seen in film.
Between script, art direction and cinematography, this movie is equally brilliant in its ability to say everything without saying anything. I can't recommend this movie enough. I don't doubt that we will be talking about it come Oscar season.
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