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1963: All of America is in shock when its President John F. Kennedy falls victim to an assassination attempt in Dallas on 22 November. Especially for the popular First Lady Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) a world breaks down. She seems to have lost everything she cared about: Her great love, the life in the flurry of flashlights and what she saw as her life's task. Only days after the murder of her husband she has to watch as politicians and media begin to destroy his memory. And so she decides to show strength in her grief and take care of the legacy of John F. Kennedy…
With "Jackie" director Pablo Larrain dares to portray a real icon in the darkest hours of her life. It begins a few days after the assassination and then changes again and again between the past and the present. From the individual snapshots he then slowly weaves the image of a woman, which tries to highlight the various facets of these well-known and mysterious personalities. Accompanied by an almost elegiac soundtrack, which can get on your nerves quickly, the movie lives first and foremost from its strong main actress and the very authentic set.
There is unfortunately little else to support this biographical drama. The slow, meaningful staging of the individual scenes is not gripping, but in the long run simply boring. It quickly becomes clear what Larrain wants to say with the individual scenes and the symbolism that is not exactly subtly wrapped in them. However, this could have been achieved with a more stringent or rousing narrative. This staging, brushed against the mainstream in a convulsive way, wants to be artful. And yes, that can of course be understood by some viewers. It may be that this narrative style is not only perceived as elegant, artistically arranged and moving by the feuilleton and festival juries, but also by many an arthouse lover.
However, for most viewers the really good game of Natalie Portman and some strong moments might not be enough to be captivated until the dramaturgically completely unnecessary final scene. "Jackie" is too ambitious a work, which has its strengths, but which don't counter the many weaknesses. And that is why the following also applies: Recommended only for lovers of worn art cinema!
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