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Lizzie trailer: Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart turn a bloody murder into an erotic saga

August 6th, 2018 | by Manisha Surange

The familiar line goes: “Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks.” The trailer for Chloë Sevigny’s Lizzie, her long-gestating dramatization of the real-life alleged murderess’ story, is revealed to prove that creative speculation that can be very powerful — and harrowing — just as historical facts.

The film is starring Sevigny as the titular character accused (but never convicted of) of hacking her relatives to death in 1892 Massachusetts, Lizzie presents Borden as a Victorian spinster repressed by the staunch house rules of her misogynist father, Andrew (Jeff Perry) and his submissive wife, Abby (Fiona Shaw).

With just no outlet through which to express her disgust with the patriarchal society around her, Lizzie feels there is a lot of comfort in her family’s live-in servant, Bridget (Kristen Stewart), whom she is involved in forms of sexual relationship. The pairing might not have tough consequences down the line after Andrew kills (and serves for dinner) Lizzie’s pet pigeons and sexually assaults Bridget — behaves which seemingly present both women to a bloody solution to their woes.

“To your knowledge, did your father have any enemies?” a disembodied, interrogating voice asks Lizzie near the end of the trailer. “This is America, sir,” she responds as a shot of Sevigny’s blood-spattered face flashes onscreen. “Every man with a pulse has enemies.”

During the course of the last decade, Lizzie has existed in various incarnations, at one time even living at HBO as a planned miniseries after Sevigny and screenwriter Bryce Kass comes up with the idea following a few haunting encounters at the Borden family home (now a bed & breakfast). The venture finally had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in January, and will be released in theaters this September 14.

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