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Actress Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart) meets Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie) on a plane to Los Angeles. At this point, she was already an activist but after witnessing an example of racial injustice, she takes a photo with Hakim, becomes a donor to the Black Panthers, and they start an affair. At the same time, FBI agent Jack Solomon (Jack O'Connell) and his partner Carl Kowalski (Vince Vaughn) start bugging her phones and that eventually turns into a smear campaign that Jack increasingly becomes uncomfortable with it.
Admittedly, I don't know a lot about Jean Seberg, but I really like the cast. Margaret Qualley, Stephen Root and Zazie Beetz also have small roles. Plus the wonderful Rachel Morrison is the cinematographer so of course it's shot beautifully.
I liked the three different sides this film shows. It's most definitely Seberg's story and how she felt during all of this, but I liked seeing Hakim's wife Dorothy (Beetz) challenge Seberg about her privilege and for Solomon to come to the realization that what he's doing is beyond harmful. If only it didn't take him so long. Director Benedict Andrews (who did another film I liked, Una) marries all of these pieces together well.
Kristen Stewart is so good in this. I think it may be in her Top 3 for me personally. I don't know how well she got Seberg's mannerisms or accent but for the part she was playing, I thought she was wonderful. O'Connell gets the second most to do after Stewart and he does a great job as well.
It's a shame that I was the only person in the theater watching this. If it's playing near you, definitely go out and give it some of your theater money. It deserves it.
Grade: B+ (it loses a point for dog death. At least it's off screen)
Memorable Quote: "This is sick." - Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart)