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Lizzie ()

Sep 14, 2018 | R | 105 min
  Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  Director: Craig William Macneill
  Writer: Bryce Kass
  Cast & Crew: Chloë Sevigny, Denis O'Hare, Fiona Shaw, Jamey Sheridan, Jay Huguley, Jeff Perry, Kim Dickens, Kristen Stewart, Tara Ochs, Tom Thon
  Synopsis: Lizzie is a 2018 American biographical thriller film directed by Craig William Macneill and written by Bryce Kass. The film is based on the true story of Lizzie Borden, who was accused and acquitted of the ax-murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1892. The film stars Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jay Huguley, Jamey Sheridan, Fiona Shaw, Kim Dickens, Denis O'Hare, and Jeff Perry. Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart unlace their bodices for this steamy take on the story of Lizzie Borden, a woman tried for murdering her father and stepmother in the 1890s. After innumerable plays, books, films, made-for-TV series and specials, and even an opera and a musical, you would think popular culture would have exhausted all the options for telling the story of Lizzie Borden, the New England woman who was tried and acquitted for the ax murders of her father and stepmother in 1892. But such is the fascination with Borden and the enigmatic story around her, a gory tale chock-full of intriguing timeline gaps and baffling stray details, that artists keep finding ways to reinterpret it to suit different times and tastes. The elegantly lurid but compelling Lizzie, written by Bryce Kass, directed by Craig William Macneill (The Boy) and produced by Chloe Sevigny in her best form in the title role, carves out of the raw material a suitably 2018 version, befitting of the generation. In their hands, Lizzie becomes a study of secret female lovers (Kristen Stewart co-stars as the household maid Borden falls for) joining forces to fight back against an abusive patriarch (Jamey Sheridan) and his enabling spouse (Fiona Shaw). So it's empowering and respectful when delivering the tender love scenes between the women but also ready to go full-on horror-movie trashy, in a good way, with jump scares, close-up shots of faces stabbed to a pulp and a naked, blood-splattered Sevigny stalking stealthily across sun-dappled vintage floorboards. Given that tonal peculiarity, this may prove divisive with viewers and will need good PR and marketing support to ascend beyond the festival and specialist troposphere.

  Producer: Edward J. Anderson, Joshua Bachove, Lynn Appelle, Naomi Despres, Roxanne Fie Anderson
  Company: Artina Films, Destro Films, Powder Hound Pictures
  Country: United States
  Language: English

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