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Cannes Buyers Swarm Natalie Portman’s ‘Jackie’

Amazon, Netflix, and other major buyers packed the Olympia theater in Cannes Thursday for a seven-minute promo screening of “Jackie,” directed by Pablo Larraín (“No”), written by Noah Oppenheim (“The Maze Runner”), and starring Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy.

Portman appears to have turned in a remarkably convincing portrayal of the former First Lady, nailing details like her delicate mannerisms and famously breathy voice. The movie has a grainy texture that’s reminiscent of the 1960’s, and includes actual film clips from 1963, which has the effect of blurring the lines between archival footage and reenactments.

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Natalie Portman: Five Best Moments

At the age of just 12, Natalie Portman was easily the best thing about Luc Besson’s powerful thriller Leon – and we’re talking about a film where Gary Oldman plays a Beethoven-obsessed junkie cop.

It was a star-making performance, with depth and genuine emotion, catapulting her into Hollywood and kicking off a career of mixed fortunes. She may have picked the wrong franchises (thankless roles in the Star Wars prequels and Thor films), but she’s won an Oscar and plaudits as both a producer and director.

This week sees the release of her troubled western Jane Got a Gun, which has gained more column inches for its tortured production than its quality (the Guardian’s Jordan Hoffman dismissed it as “dull”). But let’s remember fonder times and look back on the actor’s finest performances…

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