Christine ***1/2

3.5 out of 5 stars

Based on the life of TV reporter Christine Chubbuck (and the less you know about her life, the more impactful will the film’s ending be for you), this is a compelling and absorbing film about both the decline of her disturbed and increasingly frustrated state of mind and that of journalism as a whole and in particular, the dawning of the age of sensationalized broadcast news. Fluid direction by Antonio Campos together with great attention to period details effectively put the audience back in the slightly more innocent days of 1970s in which this film was set. With a supporting cast that includes more familiar faces such as Michael C. Hall and Tracie Letts and lesser ones such as Maria Dizzia (who is great btw), this is mainly the Rebecca Hall show and she steps up and gives an amazing and poignant central performance here. A thoughtful and cautionary film that looks back into our past so that we can be better prepared for the future and maybe try to do something about it before it is too late.

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