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Toronto Film Review: Natalie Portman in ‘Lucy in the Sky’

Toronto Film Review: Natalie Portman in ‘Lucy in the Sky’


Toronto Film Review: Natalie Portman in ‘Lucy in the Sky’

The term “space case” may as well have been invented for Lucy Cola, a fictional astronaut loosely inspired by Lisa Nowak, who famously (if not entirely factually) donned adult diapers and powered h…

Surely space must have had a profound impact on Nowak — whom we’ll refer to as Lucy going forward, since the film strays pretty far from the truth in its exploration of her psychology. Why Lucy? Because Elton John’s “Rocket Man” and David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” are both songs about space

From space, Lucy watches everything that once felt so important — her husband, Drew (Dan Stevens), daughter Blue Iris (Pearl Amanda Dickson) and supportive, chain-smoking granny (Ellen Burstyn) — flash by like a montage (actually, it

), Lucy explains in her thick Texas drawl, “You go up there, you see the whole universe, and everything down here seems so small.”

take the step of confronting the systemic flaw — workplace sexism — that played into Lucy’s actions. She may have been having an off-limits (indeed illegal, according to military rules, since she was married) affair with a colleague, but she wasn’t doing it alone. Portman radiates confidence in the role, masking her character’s well-hidden vulnerability. And while Hamm may be handsome, he’s playing a superior officer who abuses his power after jettisoning Lucy for another colleague (Zazie Beetz).

: Director: Noah Hawley. Screenplay: Brian C. Brown, Elliott DiGuiseppi, Noah Hawley; story: Brian C. Brown, Elliott DiGuiseppi. Camera (color): Polly Morgan. Editor: Regis Kimble. Music: Jeff Russo.

Read more: Variety

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