Following her divorce from Prince Charles, Chilean director Pablo Lorraine follows a transformative Stewart as the troubled princess wants to join the royal family for a three-day Christmas meeting at Sandringham House.
The film portrays Diana as a misfit, isolated and alienated from the rest of the royal family except William and Harry – and her desire to be free from the rules and traditions that she feels are hypocritical and suffocating.
Speaking after a press screening about Diana’s permanent legacy 24 years after she died, Stewart said: “I think it’s something she was born into.
“Some people have an undeniable penetrating power. The really painful thing about her is that she was normal and casual in the air and unarmed (immediately she), she also felt lonely and alone.
Stewart received critical acclaim for her serious performance, including the British accent, which the Daily Mail called her “excellent”.
“Kristen Stewart deserves an Oscar — and Meghan Markle likes it,” tweeted Daily Telegraph critic Robbie Colin.
Although tragic in the film, Diana said she enjoyed embodying her demeanor and behavior, but “walked out the window as soon as I got off the set.”
“I found more pleasure in my physicality in making this film than anything else. I was more free and alive and able to move and even taller.”
In the film, Diana is constantly late for dinner, often leaving the table to vomit due to her eating disorder and the frustration and instability as a maid increases and the Palace Equation continues to tell her what to do.
Princes are referred to as “they” or “they”, and Diana speaks briefly only to the Queen or Prince Charles, preferring to trust her dresser or cook.
In one scene she says she feels like an insect has broken down under a microscope, both representing the paparazzi outside and her minds inside the palace.
Stewart said that as a Hollywood star she was partially associated with the feeling of being hunted and could not control the situation that Diana experienced.
“I want to run back a million times every day and say ‘Oh, hey, can we really do that interview again? I thought about something else for a moment, I didn’t say the right thing’. Imagine how it would be for her.
To that extent, imagine the feeling of being back into a corner. At some point you are going to bare your teeth. ”
Lorraine, whose previous films include a biopic about Jackie and Jackie Kennedy, wants to tell the story of Diana because it’s an upside-down fairy tale.
“This is the story of a princess who decides to break away from the idea of becoming a queen, because she wants to be herself.”
He said he had done extensive research on her, but his film – which featured Anne Bolin’s ghost – was a fiction, imagining what would happen in the few days that Diana decided to divorce.
“We did not aim to do docudrama, we wanted to take real elements and then create anything using imagination.”