Christine ★★★★

One needn’t be aware of the biographical elements that make up Christine, as director Antonio Campus, writer Craig Shilowich, and lead actress Rebecca Hall takes the audience deep into the condition of it’s titular character.

Campus and Shilowich take on a subjective and dramatised approach that eases identification and empathy. It looks not on the ripples that such a story has left or dwell obsessively on the external factors that may have contributed, but instead navigate the internal drivers and attributes that may have contributed to such outcomes. Christine is a woman driven by idealism, both personally and professionally, her resistance to compromise makes it difficult for some to connect with her and in itself is punishing to her own self-esteem.

The film succeeds in it’s balancing act of exploring the quiet reflection she sometimes has with the multiple interactions she has with others, whether it may be her mother (J. Smith-Cameron) or her boss (Tracy Letts), both of which were strong supportive players. The film may feel a tad stretched, or another way of seeing it, is that not enough interesting ideas or directions are provided in the gaps to completely justify it’s length.

All in all, such issues are minor and insignificant. Lead by a commendable performance, it makes one wonder why Hall wasn’t a notable contender in the running during awards season.

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