At one point, Jacqueline Kennedy was the most photographed woman in the world. The wife to John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, the image of her scrambling over her husband’s body after his assassination in 1963 is one of the most defining images of the 20th century. Jackie later went on to marry Greek shipping merchant Aristotle Onassis, but her position in the – allegedly cursed – Kennedy family still holds fascination for the general public.
Jackie starring Natalie Portman as the former first lady, focuses only on the week following the President’s death in Dallas. Portman plays Jackie as broken and traumatized, caught between protecting herself and her children, but well aware of the public’s need for a piece of her. The film cleverly manages to condense the story of John and Jackie into a running time of just over an hour and a half without having to deal with the seedier aspects of the Kennedy marriage.