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A Lizzie Borden Love Story is What the World Needs, Says Chloe Sevigny

A Lizzie Borden Love Story is What the World Needs, Says Chloe Sevigny

It’s 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of Sundance and one of the most shocking scenes at the festival is rolling on screen. Audiences are watching a nude Chloe Sevigny raise an axe in the crescendoing murder sequence of Lizzie, a film that attempts to detail how the infamous Ms. Borden came to influence history—and our treatment of female criminals—forever. Indeed, the real-life Borden was never charged for the 1892 crime, so her guilt is debatable, but her permanence as a gothic icon is not. In Sevigny’s take on the still-unsolved mystery, a love story between Borden and her housemaid, Bridget (Kristen Stewart), drives the story, offering an alternative approach to the motivations that may have driven the young woman to kill. The film begins when an Irish maid comes to work for the Borden family. Constantly on thin ice with her strict father Andrew (Jamey Sheridan) and stepmother Abby (Fiona Shaw), Borden is frowned upon in the town. When she goes to the theater one night alone,…

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