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Lizzie

A passion project for producer-star Chloë Sevigny, this docudrama recounts the months leading up to the infamous Borden family murders of 1892. The film proposes that Lizzie Borden (Sevigny) murdered her father and stepmother because they tried to separate her from a domestic servant to whom she’d become romantically attached. Kristen Stewart delivers another fine performance as the servant, suggesting a sharp intelligence beneath the character’s subservient exterior, though her work seems independent of Craig William Macneill’s uninspired, straight-ahead direction. (Sevigny, however, is merely adequate.) Macneill’s approach might be described as a so-so impression of art-house understatement, with lots of wide-screen compositions that make obvious use of negative space and a flat tone that might be mistaken for dramatic restraint.

Credits

Director:

  • Craig Macneill

Cast:

  • Chloë Sevigny
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Jamey Sheridan
  • Fiona Shaw
  • Kim Dickens
  • Denis O'Hare
  • Jeff Perry
  • Jay Huguley

Producers:

  • Naomi Despres
  • Elizabeth Destro
  • Chloë Sevigny
  • Myles Nestel
  • Bryce Kass
  • Carolyn Hunt

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