After her husband's assassination, Jackie Kennedy's (Natalie Portman) world is completely shattered. Traumatised and grief-stricken, over the course of the next week she must endure the unendurable: consoling their two young children, vacating the home she painstakingly restored, and planning her husband's funeral. Jackie astutely realises that the next seven days will determine how history will define her husband's legacy - and how she herself will be remembered.
Director Pablo Larrain (Gloria, Neruda, The Club) continues to creatively extend the boundaries of mainstream narrative cinema. In this he choose a very tight focus - the week following the President's assassination - to reveal the public and private worlds of this charismatic woman who was, at one time, the most famous person in the world. Relying on an excellent, tightly controlled performance from Natalie Portman, Larrain manages to explore her psychology without dispelling the enduring mystique. It's fascinating!