The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career.
Rebecca Hall's (‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’) performance in ‘Christine’ is nothing less than mighty. She completely immerses herself in the role of Christine Chubbuck in this stark retelling of the story that led to the television news reporter’s suicide live on air, aged 29, in 1974.
From the outset we see Chubbuck as an extreme perfectionist with a relentless drive to succeed in the male-dominated business. It is also apparent that she lacks the requisite on-camera appeal that her job calls for: interviewing subjects, she comes across as sedate and cold. As her producer implores her to do ‘juicier’ stories, the dark cloud hovering over Christine seems to loom larger. An empathetic and insightful film.