Two of the most enveloping and visually striking films I’ve seen all year are Pablo Larraín‘s Neruda and Jackie, both of which arrive in theaters next month. Today brings a new trailer for the latter, the Natalie Portman-led biopic of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, recounting the days after JFK was assassinated. This new preview opens up more of what the director captures here, and notably how she interacts with the people closest to her (and American public at large) during these harrowing few days.
We said in our review, “It’s one of three films to be released by the prolific director in 2016 (alongside El Club and Neruda), as well as his first to be made in the United States and English. Such changes in surroundings might have thrown a lesser director off, or at least compromised their style, but Larraín’s conviction, signature moves, and leftward-leaning politics appear to have remained intact. Produced by Darren Aronofsky and boasting a staggering, disorientating string-based soundtrack from Mica Levi (Under the Skin), Jackie has the sophisticated psychological aesthetic of a Jonathan Glazer movie but focuses on one of the most contentious and traumatic events in U.S. history. How’s that for radical filmmaking?”
Check out the trailer below, along with the first single from Mica Levi‘s excellent score.
JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier 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 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.
Jackie will enter a limited release on December 2.