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“Dazzling, tender, imposing, wonderful.”
The praise for the interpretation of Kristen Stewart in the latest film by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín multiplies and is practically unanimous.
“Spencer” debuted with great success at the Venice Film Festival, where its protagonist shone with his own light in the midst of a loud ovation from the public. Even some critics are already hoping to see her among the Oscar nominees for her role as Lady Di.
The tape shows “what could have happened” on those Christmas holidays that princess diana and prince charles They happened in the early 1990s at Sandringham, and they served as a precedent for the couple’s formal separation.
Larraín has been clear in ensuring that the film not made to understand who diana was, but to show a new perspective on what is already known about the princess, whose death marked 24 years on August 31.
“No! Wrong number! Wrong movie! We don’t do that! We just we try to work with the figure of that person and create a fable from him. Thats what Im looking for. We’ll see if it works, “he said in an interview with Vulturee.
In addition, the also director of the film “Jackie“ (2016), which also fictionalized a dramatic passage in the life of Jackie Kennedy, revealed that his main inspiration for approaching Diana was his own mother.
“I wanted to make a movie that he would likea to my mother”, he acknowledged.
“Despite the enormous distances between these women I always felt that my mother was very interested in this story, and in some way I was influenced by it, like millions of people around the world, “Larraín told the portal IndieWire.
“Then I wondered why Diana had created such a level of empathy. It is a very complex answer,” he added.
Upside down fairy tale
For Larraín, born in Santiago de Chile in 1976, the life of Diana “it’s a fairy tale upside down”.
“That is the core of the film. I wanted to explore Diana’s process, which oscillates between doubt and determination, to finally bet on freedom,” the filmmaker portrayed in Venice.
Surrendered before Stewart
Most critics have affirmed that the performance of the 31-year-old American, recognized for her role as Bella in the saga Twilight (“Twilight”), is worthy of applause.
Robbie Collin,, de The Telegraph, predicted that the actress “will be instantly and justifiably rewarded for this. “
By awarding it five stars, Collin assured that it is a “resplendently crazy, sad and beautiful” movie.
“It is an excitingly brave, seductive and uninhibited cinema.”
Stewart “navigates this dangerous terrain with total mastery, getting his voice and gestures correct, but raising the intensity of everything a bit to better lean on the melodramatic, paranoid and absurd twists of the film,” he wrote.
For his part, the critic of Deadline, Pete Hammond, stated, “I can’t say enough about Stewart’s portrayal that,before a figure what could be believed impossible to represent well, manages to capture wonderfully its essence”.
“It’s a vigorous, bitter, poignant and altogether impressive twist, which takes Diana on paths we have not seen travel as in this hypnoticoptics representation”.
Nevertheless, not everyone was so effusive. The Times awarded two stars to “this infuriating mix,” which “goes from ideal moments of intrigue to hilarious camping scenes,” wrote Kevin Maher.
“The central twist is Diana played by ‘Twilight’ star Kristen Stewart with that kind of studied intensity,” based on the famous interview the princess gave to the BBC’s Panorama program, “and useless hours with a dialect coach who it has only resulted in a strange, muffled whisper “in the actress’s speech.
“Spencer” hits theaters amid a flood of projects about Diana, including a musical by Broadway which premieres in November and the new season of The Crown.
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