is magnetic as a Florida news anchor who killed herself on air in this haunting tale of depression, loneliness and misogyny that offers no easy get-outsRebecca Hall
gives a career-best performance in this deeply strange real-life story, written for the screen by Craig Shilowich
and directed by Antonio Campos
. (It is also the subject of an offbeat drama-doc, Kate Plays Christine
.) This can be read as a woman’s career-crisis and humiliation created by casual misogynists, or a modern tragedy of bipolar disorder, or a chaotic, unedifying personal tale of narcissism and self-harm from which nothing can be learned. It is a measure of Hall’s intelligence and sensitivity that her performance gives you access to all of these interpretations.
Hall plays Christine Chubbuck, a Florida TV news journalist who in 1974 took her own life with a gunshot, live on air; she was apparently unhappy in her love life,