Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.
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This movie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady as she fights to establish her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that she created and loved so well.Written by
Fox Searchlight Pictures
The mixture of existential beauty and terror comes together in Pablo Larraín blending of all this movie's elements, each of which whirls in synchrony or counterpoint to Natalie Portman's galvanizing portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy at this movie's heart and center. Larraín summed up: "The idea behind the film, was to explore all the layers of Jackie, with the feeling of it being not so much a timeline, but slices of memory, the disparate pieces of a life, the ideas and emotions that create us, and there's just one single thing that pulls them all together: Natalie as Jackie." See more »
When Jackie and her kids step down the stairs to leave for the moving of the casket, the scene cuts to what appears to be real historical footage as they pass the camera. In the initial footage with the actors, Caroline is on Jackie's right hand and Jack on her left. However in the real footage a moment later the kids are on the opposite sides of Jackie. See more »
Mrs. Kennedy? They told me to come up. And I'm so sorry for your loss.
Have you read what they've been writing? Krock and Merriman and all the rest?
Yes, I have.
Merriman's such a bitter man. It's been just one week. Already they're treating him like some dusty old artifact to be shelved away. That's no way to be remembered.
And how would you like him remembered, Mrs. Kennedy?
You understand that I will be editing this conversation just in case I don't say exactly ...
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As the film is titled 'Jackie' you expect to learn more about her through the film, it should have been called 'JFK's widow one week following his assassination'. This is a woman who was powerful and had a background, a life, buried two babies. All we get from this film is a portrayal of a grieving, often selfish and self absorbed woman who smokes and drinks too much. Who wouldn't fall to that after something as traumatic? The film is flat and bland, it gives us no indication of the type of woman she was, her role in white house (aside from her expensive renovations and insistence on a huge funeral for her husband) We see nothing of her personal achievements. Natalie Portman and the excellent cast's acting skills are the only interesting thing to watch. Disappointing and does 'Jackie O' no justice at all.
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