After President Kennedy is assassinated, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through the trauma and despair to regain her faith, support her children and define her husband’s legacy. Directed by Pablo Larraín, Natalie Portman stars in Jackie, an original, unflinching and intimate portrait of one of history’s most iconic women.
Set in the days after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, Jackie is a stunning biographical drama about the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy as she fights through trauma and sadness to regain her faith, support her children and define her husband’s legacy.
A bold re-imagining of events, director Pablo Larraín has crafted a stunning and emotional film about the life of Jackie Kennedy and in a timeline that moves between the immediate aftermath of the assassination, dreamlike flashes of Jackie’s happiest moments with her husband, her famous televised tour of the White House renovations as First Lady, and her most intimate moments alone, with her family and during confession as she struggles to come to terms with her loss.
Larraín’s unique approach to film making is accompanied by a remarkable music score by Mica Levi (Under the Skin), while at the centre of it all, ensuring her a place amongst the Best Actress contenders this awards season, Natalie Portman delivers a career best as Jackie – poised and steely in the public sphere, vulnerable and overcome with emotion in private and a commanding presence throughout.
Like nothing you’ve seen before, this beautiful, original and unflinching film goes beyond conventional biopic to galvanise the myth of an American icon.
“A singular vision from an uncompromising director. Portman is altogether astonishing as one of the most famous women in American history. Jackie is great cinema.” The Guardian ★★★★★
“A radically conceived portrait of Jackie. Natalie Portman is wondrously good in this part: surely her best and an Oscar contender.” London Evening Standard ★★★★★
“Natalie Portman triumphs.” Time Out ★★★★★
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