The life of New Wave poster girl Jean Seberg is a tragic drama that has long deserved a film retelling. Kristen Stewart was enlisted as the Breathless star, delivering a performance that attracted acclaim when it premiered at Venice Film Festival earlier this year.
With the UK trailer now available, we see Stewart assume the role of Seberg, a politically-minded US actress who spoke out for civil rights and become involved with the Black Panthers. Her support of the group was seen as a threat by the then FBI director J Edgar Hoover, who dragged her name through the mud via deeply unscrupulous means. The dark impact of the surveillance attention is represented in the trailer, as we see Stewart in the throes of a breakdown, scrabbling around on her knees crying as she looks for bugs in her apartment. As we know, the actress never recovered and eventually took her own life.
It would remiss not to mention Stewart’s costumes which are worthy of veneration in their own rights – gamine, chic and perfectly reflective of the Seberg’s influential style. Seberg could indeed be one of the most fashionable films of 2020.
Seberg is released in UK cinemas on 10 January