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Chastain stands out in dramatic story of bin Laden raid

Jessica Chastain stars as a CIA operative actively hunting Osama bin Laden in "Zero Dark Thirty."
Jessica Chastain stars as a CIA operative actively hunting Osama bin Laden in "Zero Dark Thirty."
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Until the very end, she is described as “The Girl.” Even after a relentless, decade-long pursuit that leads to the daring midnight raid of Osama bin Laden’s compound, even as she unzips the body bag to verify that the bloody corpse inside is indeed that of the slain al-Qaida leader, Jessica Chastain’s CIA officer character is defined primarily by her femininity in this male-dominated world. It’s probably a situation that Kathryn Bigelow unfortunately is acquainted ...


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