In an acclaimed performance, Kristen Stewart stars as French New Wave icon Jean Seberg, whose life and career were derailed by the explosive political climate of the 1960s.
In 1968, nearly a decade after achieving international fame as the ingénue in Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless, Jean Seberg is flying first class over the Atlantic, willfully ignoring the script in her lap and her agent chattering in her ear. Instead, she’s far more interested in two of her fellow passengers: Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, and Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie), a fiery African American activist. When their plane is met by reporters, Jean impulsively offers a raised fist salute along with the Black Power activists—a gesture that will change the course of her life. Her ongoing and very public support of civil rights causes, coupled with an extramarital affair with Hakim, place the actress squarely in the sights of the FBI’s notorious COINTELPRO division, which sought to discredit and destroy anyone they labeled “subversive.” As the Bureau unleashes an array of underhanded tricks against Jean, her friends, and her family, newly transferred agent Jack Solomon (Jack O’Connell) can’t help but question the agency’s actions, as he watches them slowly tear a young woman’s life apart in this film that’s equal parts biopic, political thriller, and showcase for the tremendous talents of Stewart.
CAST: KRISTEN STEWART, ANTHONY MACKIE, JACK O’CONNELL, VINCE VAUGHN
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