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‘Christine’ Is On Netflix: Watching The Harrowing Drama About Journalist Christine Chubbuck’s Suicide On Live TV

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Christine (2016)

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On July 15, 1974, a local news reporter in Sarasota, Florida shot herself in the head on a live news broadcast. Her name was Christine Chubbuck and her harrowing story has inspired not one, but two, critically acclaimed films in the last year: the documentary Kate Plays Christine and the gripping biopic Christine. The latter just landed on Netflix this week and should shoot to the top of your watchlist.

Christine stars celebrated British actress Rebecca Hall as Chubbuck and Hall plays her like a ball of string unraveling into nothingness before our very eyes. Even though the film shares a lot of the same hallmarks of other dramas about the news — everything from Broadcast News to Nightcrawler —  the film most closely resembles a psychological thriller. This is a story of a woman whose life is closing in around her. Every conversation, every interaction, every disappointment pushes her closer and closer to the brink. The film specifically ruminates on Chubbuck’s professional ambition and her romantic insecurities. She wants badly to connect with others, but she’s trapped within her own head. Every step she takes to correct her problem actually has the opposite effect.

The film is a brilliant showcase for Hall and an unsettling look at the sick underbelly of local media.

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