Despite her standoffish demeanor portrayed in the film, the real Christine Chubbuck was known on television as a cheerful woman, particularly fond of children to the point where she volunteered outside of work to do puppet shows for mentally handicapped kids. Only her closest family members really knew the extent of her depression. 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 »
[holds up his fingers in a tiny circle]
My asshole is like this small right now, THIS SMALL!
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The credits don't roll, but are in still form. See more »
I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight
Written by Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart
Performed by Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc., Magic Dolphin Music, Inc.
Courtesy of A&M Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
Grim film about a serious problem--based on a real event
Christine (2016/I) was directed by Antonio Campos. Rebecca Hall plays Christine Chubbuck, a TV reporter in Sarasota, Florida. This is a fictionalized biography of Ms. Chubbuck. If you check Wikipedia, you'll know that much of what we see actually happened.
Christine Chubbuck was a person with depression, or possibly bipolar illness. She was well educated and financially comfortable, but her interpersonal life was in shambles. In the film, her behavior was strange and sometimes bizarre. People keep asking her, "Are you OK?" She always assures them that she's OK, and they believe her. Even if they don't fully believe her, they have their own problems, and they move on to other matters.
Rebecca Hall is an excellent actor. She resembles Christine Chubbuck physically. (That's probably one of the reasons she got the part.) She makes us believe in Christine and her problems, which is no easy task. (People who don't have mental illness find it hard to fake.)
This is a difficult movie to watch, but I felt that the acting was strong, and the message was important. I wish the producers had rolled a statement before the credits saying, "If you, or someone you know, feels and acts like Christine, call this hotline."
We saw the movie at the excellent Little Theatre in Rochester NY. It will work very well on the small screen.
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