A depiction of Jackie Kennedy at her most vulnerable

Published Thu, Feb 16, 2017 · 09:50 PM
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THE public fascination with women who occupy the White House - First Ladies who stand by, smile sweetly and shake hands for the cameras while their husbands get on with the business of running the country and representing the Free World - reached its absolute peak when Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy turned a traditionally secondary part into a starring role.

The young wife of President John F Kennedy brought glamour, style and an ability to connect with a broad audience while also somehow managing to maintain her personal privacy. In other words, she had a usually bloodthirsty media wrapped around her little finger.

Jackie, a film by the Chilean director Pablo Larrain, acknowledges this public side of one of the world's most scrutinised women but chooses instead to depict her at her most vulnerable - in the immediate aftermath of her husband's assassination. The result is an intimate and infinitely more interesting character study.

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