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Actress Natalie Portman attends the photocall for the movie "Jackie" at the 73rd Venice Film Festival (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

"Portrait of grief"

Natalie Portman’s portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in new film is ‘achingly vulnerable’

September 8, 2016

Natalie Portman stars as former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in a new movie, Jackie, depicting the days after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. The movie, helmed by Chilean director Pablo Larrain, premiered at the Venice Film Festival and could possibly earn Portman her second Oscar, if early reviews are to be believed. Constructed as three interweaving narratives — an interview with a Life magazine journalist, her confession to a priest (played by John Hurt) and her tour of the White House with CBS News — Portman portrays the newly widowed first lady in an “achingly vulnerable turn,” Marlow Stern at The Daily Beast writes, predicting that her “finely etched, layered interpretation” will draw inevitable comparisons to Helen Mirren in Stephen Frears’s The Queen. “There is much to like about Jackie, from the pitch-perfect period detail to Noah Oppenheim’s inspired script,” he writes, “but it’s Portman’s portrait of grief that will linger long after the credits roll.”

Read the full story at The Daily Beast.


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