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Natalie Portman as the late Jacqueline Kennedy. — Picture by Twitter/NataliePortman.comNatalie Portman as the late Jacqueline Kennedy. — Picture by Twitter/NataliePortman.comLOS ANGELES, Nov 30 — Home in on the biographical film Jackie and find out how it relates to the life of fashion icon and First Lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy, in our pre-release brief.

Who’s in it and what’s it about?

Natalie Portman stars as Jacqueline Kennedy, First Lady of the USA and wife to President John F. Kennedy.

Based on a lengthy interview for Life Magazine, the film maintains a particular focus on the period following JFK’s 1963 assassination and the turmoil that Jackie dealt with both in public and in private.

Also featuring are Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) as Nancy Tuckerman, the White House’s Social Secretary, Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead) as JFK’s younger brother Robert Kennedy, Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park) as painter, journalist and close friend William Walton, and Billy Crudup (Princess Mononoke, Public Enemies) as journalist Theodore White, whose Jackie Kennedy interview becomes a centrepiece of the drama.

Who’s behind it?

Chilean director Pablo Larraín helmed No, a political biopic starring Gael García Bernal, Berlin International Film Festival prize winner The Club, and a crime drama about a Saturday Night Fever obsessive, Tony Manero.

He steers Jackie from a script by Noah Oppenheim, a television producer who adapted young adult novels The Maze Runner and The Divergent Series: Allegiant for the screen.

Is it any good?

Since an international premiere at the Venice International Film Festival this September, where its scriptwriter won Best Screenplay and the festival’s Golden Osella accolade, Jackie has also seen Natalie Portman win Actress of the Year at the Hollywood Film Awards and director Pablo Larraín win the Toronto International Film Festival’s Platform Prize.

Expert enthusiasm has extended to Rotten Tomatoes, where Jackie holds a 97 per cent approval rating (average review score 8.2/10) and Metacritic with a 93/100 aggregated score. Weighted user reviews on IMDb have led to a pre-release average of 7.7/10.

When’s it out?

A theatrical street date of December 2, 2016, means that Jackie arrives over a month earlier in the USA than it does everywhere else.

Openings in early 2017 include those in the homeland of Jackie’s second husband, Greece (January 5), the UK (January 20), France (February 1), Hong Kong and the Netherlands (February 16.)

Trailers and social

Official trailer: youtu.be/g9pW3B8Ycc4 and facebook.com/JackieFilm/videos/2150317061861128

Facebook page: facebook.com/JackieFilm

Instagram feed: instagram.com/jackiefilm

Twitter account: twitter.com/jackiefilm

Official website: jackiethefilm.com — AFP-Relaxnews

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