In 1892, after the Borden family welcomes a new Irish maid called Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart), she and Lizzie (Chloë Sevigny) become friends. The friendship between these women becomes something more, even as Lizzie's relationship with her own parents unravels at a frightening level.Written by
Lizzie Borden was 32 years old the year her parents were murdered (1892). Chloë Sevigny was 42 years old during the making of this film (2016). See more »
The note given to Abby Borden saying that a member of the Churchill family was ill did not actually happen. Lizzie, in her many iterations of the events of that day, said she believed Abby Borden was not in the house having a received a note that someone was ill. Abby was not upstairs changing her dress to go out at the time of her murder, she was upstairs making the bed in the guest room. She was on the side of bed closest to the dresser when she was attacked from behind and given the angle and severity of the blows to her skull, it is likely she never even saw her attacker. See more »
Can Be Lurid & Gruesome But the Acting Kept Me Engaged & Interested
The acting of Chloe Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, and Jamey Sheridan carries this film, as I see it. It's the latest interpretation of what happened on August 4th, 1892, in Fall River, Massachusetts, when the sensational axe murders of Andrew and Gabby Borden occurred in their home.
The movie is quite slow paced, and has several lurid, gruesome, and violent scenes perpetrated against both humans and animals. There's also a concurrent theme of sexual molestation, as well as graphic nudity in the final 25 minutes or so of the film.
Overall, this film won't appeal to everyone and can be difficult to watch at times, but, for me, the fine acting was enough to keep me engaged.
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