Dir. Pablo Larrain. USA, 2016. 1h 40m. Starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Billy Crudup, John Hurt, Greta Gerwig, John Carroll Lynch, Caspar Phillipson.
Natalie Portman gives an unflinching BAFTA and Oscar nominated portrayal as Jackie Kennedy in the days following her husband’s assassination. This bold portrait of grief by Chilean director Pablo Larrain explores the mystery of Jackie’s public and private personas. Mica Levi’s (Under the Skin) brooding score which haunts the film throughout has been nominated for Best Original Score at this year’s Oscars. The film also won the award for Best Costume Design at this year's BAFTAs.
‘This is a cinema of no escape, and few if any actors will have to shoulder the same burden of expressive responsibility this year - yet the never-better Portman simply shines beneath it, giving a performance of mesmeric complexity and commitment.’ ★★★★★ Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
’Natalie Portman is extraordinary as JFK’s widow, but the real star of Pablo Larraín’s kaleidoscopic film is Mica Levi’s score’ ★★★★ Mark Kermode, The Guardian