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Lizzie (2018)

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A psychological thriller based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chloë Sevigny ... Lizzie Borden
Kristen Stewart ... Bridget Sullivan
Jeff Perry ... Andrew Jennings
Fiona Shaw ... Abby Borden
Jamey Sheridan ... Andrew Borden
Tara Ochs ... Susan Gilbert
Kim Dickens ... Emma Borden
Daniel Wachs ... Dr. Bowen
Denis O'Hare ... John Morse
Jody Matzer ... Deputy Fleet
Don Henderson Baker ... Marshall Hilliard
Jay Huguley ... William Henry Moody
Roscoe Sandlin ... Judge Blaisdell
Tom Thon ... Professor Wood
Katharine Harrington ... Matron
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Storyline

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 Merve Kurt

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The legend of Lizzie Borden. See more »


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Rated R for violence and grisly images, nudity, a scene of sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,580, 16 September 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$642,157, 25 October 2018
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Kristen Stewart dyed her hair back to her usual dark brown colour just prior to filming commencing in mid November '16. She had previously dyed it platinum blonde due to her having some months free from any filming commitments. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, Lizzie goes to the theatre to see Catalani's opera "La Wally". The movie action takes place in 1892, the same year "La Wally" was premiered at La Scala, Italy, but was not premiered in the USA (New York) until 1909. See more »

Quotes

Lizzie Borden: Have you had schooling?
Bridget Sullivan: Some.
Lizzie Borden: How much is some?
Bridget Sullivan: Couple years.
Lizzie Borden: Are you afraid?
Bridget Sullivan: Afraid?
Bridget Sullivan: Of what?
Lizzie Borden: Men don't have to know things, Bridget.
Lizzie Borden: Women do.
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Ebben? Ne Andrò Lontana From 'La Wally', Act I
Written by Alfredo Catalani
Performed by Maria Luigia Borsi and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yves Abel
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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Speculative but well-made take on one of America's most famous crimes
29 December 2018 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

"Lizzie" chronicles one of America's most famous crimes-the hatchet murders of prominent Massachusetts businessman Andrew Borden and his wife, Abby. The suspect? His spinster daughter, Lizzie, whose name has gone down in infamy.

Originally a passion project for star Chloë Sevigny, around whom talk has circled for nearly a decade regarding a Lizzie Borden biopic/miniseries, "Lizzie" is a well-made psychological drama that will likely satisfy as many people as it will utterly alienate. The screenplay here, as with any kind of historical fiction, takes liberties and makes speculations, the most singular being that Lizzie committed the murders after her father uncovered a romantic relationship between her and the Bordens' house servant, an Irish immigrant named Bridget Sullivan. While this is obviously speculative, when one actually sits and considers the written accounts and evidence, it is not necessarily unlikely, and is a position that has been argued by several historians and journalists. Did it really happen this way? We will never know for sure.

That aside, this take on the material is above-average in many ways: It's well-shot and atmospheric, with just the right touches of the Victorian Gothic. It's also remarkably well-acted, with Sevigny surprisingly turning in a convincing performance as Borden (as a huge fan of her work, I was personally skeptical of whether the role would fit her right). Kristen Stewart is perhaps more shockingly good as Bridget, the servant caught in the eye of the storm. I do feel the film stumbles a bit in terms of its narrative structure, as it begins with a snippet of the crime's "discovery," then loops back to the build-up before cutting away again just before the killings. The gritty details then are presented in a flashback which, though effective, I think would have better served as a straightforward conclusion in a chronological account. The court scenes that rear themselves in the last act, though brief, feel dull and ultimately draw the viewer out of the core narrative; and, given that the audience ostensibly already knows how it ends, I feel the filmmakers would have benefitted from laying the story out in a no-nonsense fashion.

Despite these narrative pitfalls, I still found "Lizzie" a compelling take on a rather common (and frankly well-supported) theory regarding the Borden murders. Did it happen exactly this way? Probably not. But there is potential truth here. And even if there's not, the story itself remains compelling all the same. 7/10.


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