DVD - 2018
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In August, 1892 Lizzie Borden is famously charged with the murder of her stepmother and father. It causes a huge media sensation, perhaps the first example of a tabloid court case. But what really happened on that night? Did Lizzie really do it? What happened in her quietly idyllic Massachusetts life that unfurled this chain of events? Did her father's strict hand send her down this treacherous path? Perhaps it is Bridget's influence, the maid that moves into the household, who starts a friendship with Lizzie that ultimately leads to a forbidden romance.


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Jun 27, 2019

Wow! This film really surpassed my expectations. The screenplay is intelligent and suspenseful. The characters are compelling, the lesbian romance is believable, and the film gives one a lot to think about regarding the lives of women and queer people in a patriarchal society. I felt very "seen" by this film, to my surprise. (I certainly didn't anticipate relating so much to a movie about an ax murderer!)

Some other reviewers felt the plot was slow, but I found it quite intriguing, especially as the story is told out of chronological order. It would have been easy for film about this famous murder case to feel predictable; this was anything but. I found myself wondering how it would play out, right up to the decisive moments.

The production design - costumes, props, sets - is great. This isn't your typical, glossy period film. It has a realistic, lived-in look and feel, lending immediacy to the bloody acts at its core.

The cinematography is exquisite. The understated acting is balanced out by bold close-ups and long takes. A sense of imminent catastrophe builds with every shot, until even hum of cicadas or breeze-lifted branches seem to threaten violence. You'll want a strong stomach for a few scenes - I had to close my eyes at one or two points. Overall, this is an original and quite worthwhile watch!

Apr 19, 2019

Interesting historically based story about a notorious murder by suspected daughter of wealthy New England parents. A bit spicier that I expected which did not detract from the underlying plot.

Apr 05, 2019

Since no one really knows what happened in the Borden house that day, I suppose anything is possible, even this. Some interesting possibilities in the scenes showing background information about Lizzie’s father and their relationship, but overall, I agree with other reviewers who cite lack of character development. The viewer almost forgets that Lizzie’s sister is part of this family, to be reminded only by the “what happened after this” notes at the end of the film.

Mar 31, 2019

If you go to Google you can see the poem written to sell newspapers. Number of whacks exaggerated. Did the director spice up the movie with maid's nude scenes? How could Lizzie get off from the murders of her parents?

Mar 30, 2019

Honestly I was very disappointed. I think they were trying to convey a lot of character development through body language and other non-verbal cues; unfortunately it really didn't work. I ended this film with little sense of who any of these characters were, and why they did the things they did. The description on the case claimed it was supposed to be some commentary on womens' rights, and sure, both lead characters were oppressed via the patriarchy in various ways. I found the film failed to make any interesting or nuanced commentary on womens' rights or oppression. There was next to no content on the same-sex relationship, and I was surprised to see no tension around whether or not Lizzie did kill her father and stepmother. The trial also did not feature heavily.

So, what we have here is a pretty wooden presentation of a lesbian murderer. Particularly without any meaningful character development or interest in the plotline, this Lizzie becomes just one in a long line of queer women constructed as asocial and "monstrous."

Mar 27, 2019

Abysmal performances all around. Don't even bother with this. I guess some call "acting" walking around with a sour expression all the time, or submitting to a rapist. I couldn't even watch the rest of it. That nasty old man got exactly what he deserved.

Jan 17, 2019

good acting but otherwise the movies sucked.

Dec 31, 2018

Apparently Chloe Sevigny really wanted to play Lizzie Borden. I am not certain why. This film (per the extras ) is supposed to be some sort of statement about the lives and rights of women in the century. I am certain that many young women were controlled by abusive parents, but I am not certain that murder with an ax is the best means of independence. I found the film largely a waste of time and despite, the denouement, boring. Cannot recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Dec 19, 2018

Amazingly the first movie with Kristen Stewart that I enjoyed. Her lack of personality actually works well for this movie that is completely carried on the shoulders of Chloë Sevigny. Chloë brings out a very different kind of Lizzie Borden that is still recognizable to the real life person. The interactions the cast has which each other shows a build up to the horrific events and occasional surprises.

Nov 14, 2018

Very good acting by the entire cast and an interesting approach to the story, but the anachronisms, lack of character development when it counted, and aimless final act spoiled it.


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