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Xavier Dolan on ‘Jackie’: ‘It Left Me Artistically Intimidated and Wonderstruck’

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You can count Xavier Dolan among the fans of Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie.” As part of Variety’s Directors on Directors series, the “It’s Only the End of the World” and “Mommy” helmer shared effusive praise for the biopic starring Natalie Portman, saying it left him “artistically intimidated and wonderstruck.”

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In addition to drawing attention to Mica Levi’s “grand and disorienting score,” Dolan also says that Portman “redefines modern acting” and that the screenplay by Noah Oppenheim “delivers her those earth-shattering moments of implosion, the tectonic plates of his smartly interwoven chronologies colliding perfectly.” Dolan, 28, won the Jury Prize at Cannes two years ago for “Mommy” and the Grand Prix this year for “It’s Only the End of the World.”

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“I left ‘Jackie’ with an urgent need to be better, to create indelible, lasting things,” he continues. “I often thought I’d burst into tears during the screening. It was only later that night that I realized that I wasn’t holding back tears of sadness, but those of wonderment for the talent of a group of extraordinary artists fighting for a bygone cinema anew.” Read his full comments here.

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