Family is where the love is
spencer, Pablo Larrain’s feverish journey into the troubled mind of Diana, Princess of Wales, is beautifully anchored in Kristin Stewart’s lead performance. The film, streaming on BookMyShow Stream, is perfectly balanced between artistic flourishes and a deep depiction of fragility.
Stewart, a Best Actress Oscar favorite, is spellbinding as Diana and not just for the typical tilt of the neck, or that look in the eye she manages to capture, but more: the lost girl. that she’s on her way to the Queen’s Sandringham Estate for the royal Christmas holidays, hating the mansion’s heat, usually late for just about every event, not appreciating age-old traditions, publicly playing the media stare but struggling against bulimia in the privacy of the bathroom, trusting no one but just a few staff members, specially the royal dresser Maggie and, above all, unable to separate the public from the private.
spencer the capture over the precipice, haunted by Anne Boleyn’s nightmares even as she hears “all the rumors of my disintegration” after almost a decade of becoming Princess of Wales.
However, what struck me the most, buried in the hallucinatory narrative and proclaimed aloud in the title, is essentially the story of a woman caught between families. One she was born to, feels a belonging to but had to leave behind and the other she had to adopt and embrace because of her marriage but still feels alienated.
It’s a family that doesn’t quite recognize her as an individual, where she feels burdened with the responsibility of the country that she herself is, where everything is defined, down to her “ready-made” wardrobe. and where his own marriage is falling apart but somehow held together. It’s a family where life seems more staged than lived.
Diana longs for small pieces of her childhood and youth – Bertie, the scarecrow wearing her father’s coat, and her childhood home, Park House, which she is prevented from entering by the royal guards. “Fight them. You are your own weapon,” Maggie advises him.
She avoids the formal Christmas dinner and proceeds to the parental domain, only to be overwhelmed by memories of the carefree days she used to pirouette there as a ballerina.
“What you need is love and laughter,” Maggie told him. “Just leave her alone. That’s all she wants,” says another staff member. And so, the film ends on Boxing Day with Diana breaking the pearl necklace that binds her and trying to do her own thing – leading sons William and Henry away from the royal pheasant shoot into a less ordinary life. A life that revolves around fast food and long car trips, singing “All I need is a miracle; all I need is you.”