Kennedy has been played by 15 different actresses in movies and on television over the past half century.
But Director Pablo Larraín has picked a slice of her life that allows Portman to show the full range of Kennedy’s character. The film is also a study of human grief, played out in public on an international stage.
The film is billed in its synopsis as a “psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of ‘Camelot’ that they created and loved so well.”
The power of the movie comes from the sharp contrast between Jackie’s pubic face and the inner torment and loss she felt following her husband’s death on Nov. 22, 1963.
It also helps that Portman bears more than a passing resemblance to the aristocratic Jackie.
The new trailer is filed with tense and also tender moments.
“People like to believe in fairy tales,” Jackie says in a voice over as the clip opens.
She’s shown disembarking Air Force One at Dallas’s Love Field, accompanying her husband on a campaign swing through Texas, a state where he was widely disliked.
She’s next shown as a sobbing widow.
Another touching scene shows her in the shower, washing his blood from her body.
“Jack, can you hear me…. Jack? I love you Jack…” she says in another voice over.
The film also stars Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Richard E. Grant and John Hurt.
“Jackie” screened at the Toronto Film Festival, and has received an astounding 95 percent rating among 22 critics who have reviewed it, according to rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews.
Check out the trailer below. The picture opens Dec. 2.
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