The infamous turn of the century murder case is given a queer and feminist update in this riveting and charged psychological thriller.
Chloë Sevigny stars as the accused murderer Lizzie Borden, a woman accused of cold- bloodedly slaughtering her father and stepmother with an axe. What this new version of the story speculates on is the complicity of the housemaid Maggie, played here by Kristen Stewart. The blossoming friendship and subsequent romance between the two women becomes the catalysts for Borden fighting back against her abusive father, indifferent step-mother and in general the repressive roles women of the time found themselves trapped by.
Featuring stellar performances from Sevigny and Stewart, Lizzie is a dark and compelling fable of repression, desire and bloody rebellion.
Takes its title character out of folk history and rewrites her as a queer proto-feminist battling against the worst excesses of patriarchal power. – Irish Times