Two issues not mentioned in this film but which were mentioned by her family and in news articles about the real-life Christine Chubbuck are that she had been in love earlier on in an older location before moving to Sarasota (the man she loved had died and this further heightened her depression), and that the character Jean from the film, who is portrayed as the closest thing Christine has to a true friend, was actually Andrea in real life. George in real life had also verbally rejected Christine's romantic advances and this was discussed in the documentary Kate Plays Christine released in 2016. Although the film Christine doesn't bring up George's rejection or the deceased boyfriend, it does mention Christine being told by Bob Anderson that George is in fact going to Baltimore with Andrea and that the two are "together". See more »
The Sony television in Christine and her mom's living room is a model clearly from no earlier than the late 1970s. See more »
An uncomfortable experience, but it's really well acted.
I hadn't really read anything about the plot of the film. I only heard the praise for Hall and so I decided to give it a go. A few minutes in and I realized what real-life event it was going to be about and it really soured my mood. It's just not a fun film to watch at all. I've read so much about the real life person that the whole thing was just a very depressing experience. It's hard for me o accurately judge the film as a whole but I can say that Rebecca Hall is devastatingly effective here. There are no false notes in her performance at all and I am tempted to say that it is one of the finest portrayals of depression I have ever seen in a film. She makes you absolutely feel her pain and her sorrow and it all becomes so powerful that it makes the whole thing even more grim. She should be getting all of the award nominations possible and the fact that she has flown so under the radar is absolutely criminal.
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