Run time: 100 mins
This raw portrait of America’s, most tragic and history’s only immortalised First Lady, captures in exquisite detail Jackie Kennedy’s resolve to maintain a figure of poise and grace in the wake of Dallas, November 22nd 1963. Larraín’s anticipated biopic shifts the focus from JFK to the iconic wife who continued living in the sight and shadow of his slaying.
Natalie Portman takes the newly-widowed First Lady elegance and makes it her own. In the four days following, she has to explain to her children why their father is never coming home. The narrative centres on the framing device of Jackie’s famous ‘non-interview’ with Life magazine a mere week after Dallas. Interjecting flashbacks to the killing scene and its tense build up, and her married life in the White House, constantly reminds the audience of the shadows between them. The psychological trauma from her being right beside Kennedy as he is shot, is the crux. It is this cool, aloof, absolute presence of mind, which assures Jackie Kennedy’s long place in history. Femininity, grace, style and presence personified.
“The never-better Portman simply shines, giving a performance of mesmeric complexity…” (Telegraph)
“Jackie is not Oscar bait, it’s great cinema.” (Guardian) (review Grace Atkins) Stunning. Don’t miss.