Christine Chubbuck is a fascinating figure, and she is the subject of not one but two films at this year’s Sundance. There is the documentary Kate Plays Christine about indie darling Kate Lyn Sheil investigating Chubbuck’s life in order to play her, but that, to me, feels gimmicky. I am more interested in the narrative feature about her, Christine, starring Rebecca Hall. This is partly due to my preference of narrative features over documentaries, but it also has to do with Rebecca Hall, who is one of the best actors working today who rarely gets to sink her teeth into a meaty role. Chubbuck’ story is also the kind that can eschew many traditional biopic trappings and be very intense and emotionally devastating.
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