Christine (2016)

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Christine Chubbuck (Rebecca Hall) struggles with depression and work frustrations as she tries to advance her career.

I was aware of Christine Chubbuck and how her suicide made her famous. I can’t deny I was intrigued when I heard it was the subject of a film. I wanted to know the background story of this woman who was made famous by her very public death.

Rebecca Hall has always been a bit middling of an actress in my opinion but I thought she was good here. The audience makes us empathise with Christine’s inner turmoil and this is matched by the somewhat slow pacing of the film itself. The film was also very atmospheric and felt very accurate to the 1970s.

The film presents Chubbuck as a feminist victim of a male patriarchal institution. I don’t know how accurate that was as a statement but I was gripped by the film as it thundered to its inevitable conclusion. Christine is also presented as a victim of a society which is stagnant because people rarely leave their hometown and there is little choice but to stagnate or regress.

Sound is also used effectively, and the moments also has moments of humour despite the serious subject matter. All in all, this film tries to be so much and actually can’t help but succeed. A brutal film, but one which is worth checking out if you are looking for a new film to add to your viewing repertoire.

MY RATING: *** / *****

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