How many times have you heard this…”Lizzie Borden took an axe – gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done she gave her father forty-one? ”
That rhyme goes hand in hand with the legend of Lizzie Borden, an affluent old maid, who was accused, tried and hanged for the murder of her father and step-mother in 1800’s New England.
Chloe Sevingy is masterful at these types of roles, but has outdone herself this time. Portraying a Lizzie who is outspoken, curt, suffering from fainting spells and has an insatiable need for independence, her world opens up after a new Irish maid Bridget (Kristen Stewart) arrives. Sevigny delivers a breathtaking performance of breadth, depth and pure guts.
Kristen Stewart is marvelous and displaying a side audiences have never seen before. Her performance is strong, focused, vulnerable and intensely beautiful.
Both women are broken by men, broken by the malicious women in and outside of their realm and naturally gravitate toward each other for love, comfort and support. Their world is one that treats women as second-class citizens and frowns upon sexual relations especially between the same-sex.
Lizzie is a new spin on this murderous tale focusing more on the events leading up to the dirty deed and giving the characters a back-story in which audiences will become empathetic. Look for some Oscar buzz on this one for sure for both leading ladies.
Here’s what the ladies had to say about their roles…
Produced by Playtone and Roadside Attractions, Lizzie hits theaters on September 14th.