The chance to see indie film darling Kristen Stewart as “Breathless” actress and French New Wave icon Jean Seberg made Benedict Andrews’ “Seberg” one of the most anticipated titles premiering out of competition at Venice. Unfortunately, the biographical drama is being met with middling reviews following its festival debut. “Seberg” is shaping up to be one of Venice’s big disappointments, but it has nothing to do with Stewart’s leading role. As usual, Stewart is being met with critical raves across the board. IndieWire’s David Ehrlich called “Seberg” a “mess from start to finish” in his C- review but had nothing but praise for Stewart.
“Pivoting away from low-status, high-quality parts that contradict her outsized public persona, Stewart embraces her uncharacteristically glamorous and headstrong role — one iconic actress possessing the spirit of another,” Ehrlich writes. “The most engaging scenes in ‘Seberg’ invite her to own her power, and also to temper it with the naïvete and vulnerability of someone who can’t quite appreciate the full extent to which everything she does will ripple across time and space.”