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3.4
519 Ratings

Christine

Directed by António Campos
United States, 2016
Biography, Drama

Synopsis

Based on true events, Christine tells the story of a career-driven 29-year-old news reporter at WXLT-TV in Sarasota, Florida, circa 1974.

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Christine Directed by António Campos
True to Christine’s dedication to serious news, the film eschews sensationalism in favor of helping us get under the skin of a troubled woman through the accumulation of detail in a way that doesn’t condescend to her or turn her into a caricature. The immersive performance of Rebecca Hall, whose Christine is physically gawky and emotionally guileless, withdrawn, and argumentative all at once, is, of course, key to the success of the film.
December 04, 2016
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Hall’s brilliantly detailed performance reveals a woman being torn apart by repression and disappointment, as if her intestines had been replaced by barbed wire. Instead of trying to answer many of the intangible questions Shiel grapples with in Kate Plays Christine, Hall only deepens their ambiguity by denying the chance for a therapeutic confession.
November 01, 2016
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What seems clear, at every step, is that Campos’ sympathies are entirely with his subject, even when those sympathies feel at odds with the fastidious attention to detail with which he has re-created Chubbuck, her milieu and her moment. There is something of a mortician’s perfectionism in the way the director attends to his movie’s surface, from the period-perfect cars and fashions to the drab, downbeat colors of Joe Anderson’s cinematography.
October 20, 2016
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