Movie review: Kristen Stewart takes on Princess Diana in fable of tragedy, ‘Spencer’

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The swooningly surreal biopic-as-body-horror film “Spencer” is the second installment in Chilean director Pablo Larrain’s presumptive trilogy of doomed princesses, following his 2016 film, “Jackie.” Kristen Stewart slips into the feathered bob and posh accent of the late Princess Diana in the film, which takes place over a particularly hellish Christmas holiday at Sandringham House, during a point of inflection in her troubled marriage to Prince Charles. Both “Jackie” and “Spencer” are films about women caught in impossible prisons created by systems of power and celebrity; mediated, bureaucra…

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