Image of movie Spencer
Image of movie Spencer


Pablo Larraín
Germany, United Kingdom 2021
111 min
OV w/ GER subtitles

Lady Diana Spencer likes to be late. In Larraín’s film about a woman pressured by the media and British royalty alike, this is the clearest sign of her reluctance to play along with protocol. SPENCER is a film about resistance to a public role; Diana rebels with an almost youthful obstinacy against an image that belongs to everyone but herself. Casting the role with Kristen Stewart was a wise decision: she also fought against her star image and later reinvented herself as a serious actress. Stewart deliberately emphasizes Diana’s mannerisms. Now all that’s left to do is put on the wrong dress or resist gaining weight over Christmas. Diana’s punk attitude is an aesthetic. Not pulling the curtain is an act of iconoclasm. 
In JACKIE, Larraín already had an exposed woman compete with her own spectacle as First Lady. Like the first name back then, Diana’s maiden name Spencer now stands for lost freedom. Larrain stages SPENCER almost like a one-off piece in matt 1980s colors, and you can still hear the echo of a gaslighting film – everyone in the house is listening. But the members of the royal family are only accessories. Diana’s rebellion is not directed against a person, but rather a system – as a royal, as the Queen says in her only direct encounter with Diana, you are a face on a coin, a “currency”. (Dominik Kamalzadeh)

Pablo Larraín: FUGA (2006), TONY MANERO (2008), POST MORTEM (2010), NO (2012), VENICE 70: FUTURE RELOADED (2013, K, Ko-Regie), PRÓFUGOS (seit 2011, TV-Serie), EL CLUB (2015), NERUDA (2016), JACKIE (2016), EMA (2019), LISEY’S STORY (2021, TV-Serie)

  • Kristen Stewart
  • Timothy Spall
  • Jack Farthing
  • Sean Harris
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Steven Knight
  • Claire Mathon
  • Sebastián Sepúlveda
  • Jonny Greenwood
  • Guy Hendrix Dyas
  • Jacqueline Durran
Fabula, Komplizen Film, Shoebox Films

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