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Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore unpack ending of ‘May December’ movie

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Spoiler alert! The following story contains important details about the ending of “May December” (now streaming on Netflix).

Is it possible to ever truly know someone?

That’s a lingering question at the end of “May December,” the acerbically funny and sneakily devastating new movie from director Todd Haynes (“Carol”) and first-time screenwriter Samy Burch.

The film follows TV star Elizabeth Berry (Natalie Portman) as she travels to Savannah, Georgia, to shadow Gracie Atherton-Yoo (Julianne Moore), whom she is set to play in an upcoming movie. Decades earlier, when she was in her 30s, Gracie had been convicted of seducing and raping 13-year-old Joe (Charles Melton), whom she later married and started a family with. As their now-grown kids prepare to graduate high school, Joe begins to process his trauma while Elizabeth attempts in vain to understand Gracie.

USA TODAY spoke to Portman and Moore about the film’s ending and that blistering, unbroken-take monologue.

Natalie Portman says her ‘May December’ monologue was ‘such a gift’

Toward the end of the film, Portman delivers a staggering three-minute monologue directly to camera, as Elizabeth reads an old love letter that Gracie wrote to Joe before their relationship was discovered. In the letter, Gracie admits that “we had crossed a line,” but “now, I think I’ve lost track of where the line is.”



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