Film: Portman harnesses raw power

Portman gives a performance of mesmerising complexity and commitment

22nd January, 2017
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Natalie Portman in Jackie

The English-language debut from Chilean director Pablo Larraín, Jackie turns the classical forms of the biopic into a hypnotic ghost story. A singular exploration of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy’s mind and spirit in the immediate aftermath of her husband JFK’s assassination in 1963, the spectre in the film isn’t the murdered president but Jackie herself. A powerful reflection on loss, grief and legacy, this is a triumph of angular, visionary filmmaking and almost unbearably intimate performance....

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