Not all dramas arriving in theaters this fall are destined for awards season glory, but that doesn’t mean they should be skipped. Christine tells the true story of Christine Chubbuck, a reporter who killed herself on live television in 1974. It’s far from a feel-good film, but festival raves lead us to believe it could be a true, must-see movie.
Rebecca Hall plays the titular lead, and she’s presented as a driven, albeit isolated journalist trying to tell important stories in the world of mainstream media. Her bosses are pushing for increasingly violent stories with repetition of the classic phrase “If if it bleeds, it leads.” Christine wants to resist, but it seems the only way to succeed is to give in. Check it out:
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
“Rebecca Hall stars in director Antonio Campos’ third feature film, ‘Christine,’ the story of a woman who finds herself caught in the crosshairs of a spiraling personal life and career crisis. Christine, always the smartest person in the room at her local Sarasota, Florida news station, feels like she is destined for bigger things and is relentless in her pursuit of an on-air position in a larger market. As an aspiring newswoman with an eye for nuance and an interest in social justice, she finds herself constantly butting heads with her boss (Tracy Letts), who pushes for juicier stories that will drive up ratings. Plagued by self-doubt and a tumultuous home life, Christine’s diminishing hope begins to rise when an on-air co-worker (Michael C. Hall) initiates a friendship which ultimately becomes yet another unrequited love. Disillusioned as her world continues to close in on her, Christine takes a dark and surprising turn.”
Christine arrives in theaters October 14.