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In his Psychological Drama “Jackie”, Chilean Filmmaker Pablo Larrain paints an Impressionistic portrait of First Lady Jackie Kennedy
Washington, December 9, 2016: In his psychological drama, Jackie, Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain paints an impressionistic portrait of First Lady Jackie Kennedy during the first days after her husband’s assassination on November 22, 1963.
The film relies on anecdotal stories, newspaper clippings and archival footage and it is a cinematic attempt to peel off Jackie’s complex personality rather than to document JFK’s assassination. Larrain uses the tragedy to reveal Jackie’s complexities. He reconstructs her different faces: the innocent debutante, the fashion icon, the wife, the mother, the artful White House decorator, and the widow determined to maintain her husband’s legacy.
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This is Larrain’s first English feature film. A member of a political family himself, he understands how political realities shape a family. Also, his Chilean identity allows him a certain emotional detachment from the Kennedy family, as opposed to the attachment American filmmakers might feel. He told VOA that his portrait of the first lady is a composite of facts and fiction. “There are many things that we know that we produced from different sources,” he says. “But there are a lot of things that we do not know and we created them. This is why this is a movie, it is fiction, it is not a documentary.”
Poetic license aside, Jackie script writer Noah Oppenheim penned Jackie Kennedy’s different personas based on archival material and his own memories of her. “I’ve been fascinated by Jackie Kennedy my whole life,” he told VOA. “My mother was a big admirer of her. She saved all the newspapers and magazines. I would look through them when I was a little kid and I am a student of politics and American history and I have always admired her.”
Academy award-winning Natalie Portman offers a tour de force performance as the enigmatic First Lady, sometimes vulnerable and demure, other times, cunning, ambitious and angry.
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“You obviously have to achieve the way they talk, the way they move, they look, so to get people to believe you enough to get into the movie,” she says, explaining the challenge of portraying such a well-known figure. “And then, of course, emotionally, it’s such an extreme experience that she went through, it’s almost impossible to relate to because you have grief in your life, you have tragedy, but this is such an epic scale and such a worldwide stage that she is really probably the only person in history who’s had this kind of experience, so, to really sort of try and get into that mindset was very extreme.”
Pablo Larrain mixes Jackie’s harrowing moments with flashbacks of happier days during the two years of her husband’s presidency. “The movie shows slices of memory,” he says. “Pieces of ideas; we all remember things about emotional things more than real facts and these memories, in the film are emotional memories. Not all of them make sense, not all of them are connected and that is why it feels real.”
Jackie feels more like a psychological drama than a biopic. Jackie’s flashbacks of Camelot — an idealized representation of President John F. Kennedy’s administration — reveal happier moments but under the varnish of style, opulence and young ambition, they also hint at a darker side of the couple’s union, marked by infidelity and political pressures.
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But in the days after JFK’s assassination, Larrain reveals a much stronger Jackie, who quietly undertakes consoling her children, while having to move out of the White House, and creating a lasting image of John F. Kennedy with a legendary funeral procession. In moments of national grief, fear and uncertainty, Pablo Larrain’s Jackie was a First Lady who did not flinch, collecting her husband’s brain matter after he was shot dead and fell limp on her lap. She wore her bloody clothes all the way to Washington, DC, for the world to see, and walked next to her husband’s casket with her two small children by her side.
A hard act to follow, especially when the line between fiction and reality is blurred. (VOA)
Basil scientifically called Ocimum basilicum, and also known as great basil, is a culinary herb from the Lamiaceae (mints) family. A common aromatic herb, it is usually used to add flavor to a variety of recipes, but what may astonish one is that there are various health benefits of basil that make it well-known for its immunity-enhancing properties.
Basil seeds or basil essential oil are proven to help prevent a wide range of health conditions, which makes it one of the most essential medical herbs known today. Basil has vitamin A, C, E, K, and Omega 3 components including cooling components too. It also contains minerals like Copper, Calcium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc, and Potassium. An ancient Ayurvedic herb, basil has various proven benefits including being anti-inflammatory, ant-oxidant, immune-booster, pain-reducer, and blood vessel-protector.
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This herb also contains cooling components thus making it really helpful for summers. It detoxifies the body and maintains one's body temperature pace. Adding to the benefits Basil contains antioxidant-rich volatile essential oils, which are considered hydrophobic, meaning they don't dissolve in water and are light and small enough to travel through the air and the pores within our skin. Basil's volatile essential oil is something that gives the herb its distinct smell and taste, but basil contains some great healing properties.
In the long history of Ayurveda, basil seeds were also called tukmaria seeds. These seeds may support one's gut health, may complete one's fiber quota, reduce blood sugar, help in weight loss, and also reduce cholesterol.
The herb has rounded leaves.Pixabay
There are more than 60 varieties of basil, with sweet basil being one of the most widely used. The herb has rounded leaves that are often pointed. It is a bright green plant, although some varieties have hints of purple or red in their leaves, basil makes a colorful and flavorful addition to many different dishes.
It has been observed that many of the cooks use basil to thicken their dessert instead of using any artificial/ unhealthy powder to do so. Sometimes people are not able to differentiate between Chia seeds and basil seeds, to make it clear basil seeds are different in nature they are larger and a bit duller in their color. These herbs are used in various recipes as a cooling component in desserts, drinks, and fruit juices for refreshment, also beating the summer heat.
For better digestion, weight loss, and immune system, I suggest this simple recipe which can be easily made at home:
*Take 2 tsp of Basil seeds (sabja) + Add in 1/2 liter of water +10 mint leaves crushed
*1/2 tsp cinnamon powder + A little bit of sendha salt (pink Himalayan salt)
*Or to make a sweeter version one can add organic honey.
*Mix it well and drink it.
This recipe will help to flush out toxins from our body making it feel light and healthy. (IANS/SP)
The US researchers have discovered a class of immune cells that plays a role in miscarriage, which affects about a quarter of pregnancies.
Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco found that the recently discovered subset of cells known as extrathymic Aire-expressing cells in the immune system may prevent the mother's immune system from attacking the placenta and fetus.
The researchers showed that pregnant mice who did not have this subset of cells were twice as likely to miscarry, and in many of these pregnancies fetal growth was severely restricted.
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"When you're pregnant, the immune system is seeing the placenta for the first time in decades -- not since the mother made a placenta when she herself was a fetus," said Eva Gillis-Buck, from UCSF.
"Our research suggests that this subset of immune cells is carrying out a sort of 'secondary education' -- sometimes many years after the better-known population of the educator cells have carried out the primary education in the thymus -- teaching T cells not to attack the fetus, the placenta and other tissues involved in pregnancy," she added. The findings are published in the journal Science Immunology.
The immune system has to be educated not to attack one's own tissues and organs to prevent autoimmune disease. But pregnancy presents a unique challenge since the fetus expresses proteins found in the placenta as well as proteins whose genetics are distinct from the mother.
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"It was a conceptual leap to link Aire-expressing cells, which are critical for preventing autoimmune disease, to pregnancy," said Tippi Mackenzie, Professor of Surgery at UCSF's Center for Maternal Foetal Precision Medicine.
In the thymus, Aire-expressing cells begin interacting with other immune cells very early in life to teach them what not to attack. The thymus begins to shrink and is nearly gone by adulthood, by which time most immune cells have been educated. But as the thymus shrinks, the population of eTACs in lymph nodes and the spleen expands, the researchers explained.
The study suggests a healthy pregnancy may depend on having these cells around, they added. (IANS/KB)
The tiny emojis being shared on billions of devices worldwide can play a major role in digital communication, with most people saying that emoji compels them to feel more empathy towards others, according to an Adobe report.
Adobe's global emoji study found that emoji even helps people overcome language barriers and form connections that would otherwise be difficult to do.
"We were surprised and delighted by the discoveries made in the survey, most notably how enthusiastic respondents were for emoji as a means to express themselves," the company said in a statement.
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Emojis sometimes get criticized for being overly saccharine, but this sweetness is key when it comes to diffusing some of the heaviness of online communication.
"Many of the emoji are focused on positive emotions, so it's easy to insert them into our conversations and lighten the mood," the Adobe study said.
It's not surprising that over half of those surveyed feel more comfortable using emojis than talking on the phone or in person.
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This applies to less intense situations too. Dating, for example, can be tricky — especially when it's online or via digital apps, as it often is now.
The study also found that emoji even helps people overcome language barriers and form connections that would otherwise be difficult to do.
In celebration of World Emoji Day on Saturday, Adobe's '2021 Global Emoji Trend Report' surveyed 7,000 people in the US, the UK, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and South Korea. (IANS/KB)