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2021 / 117m - UK
Spencer poster

After the success of Jackie, it's no surprise Pablo Larraín would go on to tackle another strong female icon. He landed on Princess Diana and managed to cast Kristen Stewart for the role, next to a pretty impressive secondary cast. The result is intriguing, though a little aimless and somewhat untrustworthy (which is always tricky for a biography).

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Princess Diana arrives at Sandringham estate to spend the Christmas period with the royal family. She hates the traditions and the way her life is lived for her at these gatherings. Her every move is watched and discussed, which puts her on edge. Even her servants worry about her physical and mental health.

Larraín keeps a tight focus and uses this particular event to showcase Diana's broader discontent with her life as a princess. A discomforting soundtrack and strong performance of Stewart add the necessary flair, but the film is rather one-note and the picture that is being painted of Diana does feel a little simplistic. At least it's a very cinematic picture, which is a nice change of pace for a biography.


2019 / 107m - Chile
Drama, Music
Ema poster

Decent drama with some telling and powerful moments, but overall a bit too Dardenne-esque for my liking. The camera work is fine, performances are decent and some of the sets are really stunning, even so the drama itself left me pretty cold and the quality wasn't very consistent. The potential was there, but film didn't always cash in on it.


2016 / 100m - USA
Jackie poster

Larrain's first big Hollywood project. The nice thing is that he didn't try to make a typical American film, even though the subject is as American as you can get. Jackie could've been a run-of-the-mill biography about one of the most famous presidential wives the US has seen, but Larrain makes it into something more.

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The film focuses on a very limited set of moments in Jackie Kennedy's life, with the main thread being an interview conducted right after the assassination of her husband. Even though the film is called Jackie, JFK is a looming presence who is felt in every scene, and in every action Jackie undertakes.

The soundtrack is notable, Portman's performance is strong and the film has a clear visual identity. Some parts are more interesting than others (I didn't care much for the White House tour) and the structure is a little predictable (though a nice variation on the more typical biopic), but all in all, a good film.