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Lizzie Borden, the notorious woman at the heart of one of the most enduring mysteries in American history. After a lifetime of loneliness, Lizzie finds a kindred spirit in housemaid Bridget Sullivan and their secret intimacy sparks an unthinkable act.
Roger EbertFull Review Average The frustration with "Lizzie" is that a lot of it works, but the style - elegant, hushed, and period-appropriate - acts as a damper on all the fraught possibilities. "Lizzie" is at war with its own impulses. You can sense there's a sexy overheated melodrama in there, yearning to burst free of its corset stays.
Slant MagazineFull Review Good The film moves evenly toward a conclusion that feels as inevitable as it does inescapable, while providing a plausible framework for the still-mysterious true crime... ...bleak, haunted, sad, and gruesome story of forbidden romance and its blood-soaked consequences.
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In 1892, Lizzie Borden, a seemingly proper young lady from an upstanding
family, was accused of brutally murdering her father and stepmother. Although
she was tried and
acquitted by an all-male jury, no other suspect was ever located. More than a
century later, the crime
continues to fascinate, puzzle and repulse. Did Lizzie really kill her parents?
If so, what drove her to
commit such an unthinkable act? And if she didn't, who did?
Lizzie delves deep into the circumstances surrounding the notorious unsolved
Lizzie and her housemaid Bridget Sullivan inch their way into a forbidden
romance that shocks the
family and sparks an unthinkable act of violence. The film explodes some of the
many myths that
have grown up around Borden in a compelling snapshot of two passionate and
women trapped in the constrained life of 19th
-century New England.