There's a scene near the end of "Jackie" where the just-widowed first lady Jacqueline Kennedy (played by Natalie Portman) is talking with her priest (John Hurt) about the meaning of life and asks, somewhat bitterly, "Is that all there is?"

In my head, all I could hear was the jaded cool of 1960s chanteuse Peggy Lee: Is that all there is ... to a presidential assassination? "Well, let's keep dancing. Let's break out the booze and have a ball, if that's all there is ..."

Surely that is a better option than sitting through this turgid piece of "worthy" Oscar-bait by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain ("No," "Neruda"), who serves us close-up after close-up of Portman emoting mightily but with little to no context.