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The story of Lizzie Borden, accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an axe in 1892 Massachusetts, is part of American gothic folklore and both Craig William Macneill and Chloë Sevigny had attempted for years to film a version of the legend. Their realisation is Lizzie, a graphic, violent and hugely pleasurable period romp which depicts Borden’s actions as an act of feminist heroinism, a strike against patriarchy. Sevigny clearly relishes the lead role. She is chillingly convincing as the oppressed daughter driven to murder, while Kristen Stewart ably supports as Bridget, the Irish housemaid who becomes Lizzie’s confidante.
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, 2018