Kristen Stewart photographed by Theo Wenner for Document’s Winter 2021/Resort 2022 issue.
Spencer, a fictional drama directed by Pablo Larrain and starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in the throes of an existential crisis over three days in 1991, lacks such emotional spectacle. Stewart’s portrayal of Diana is an externalization of her inner world as she navigates paparazzi culture and historical traditions to confront a terrible, exciting truth about the human condition: we are in charge of creating our own reality. The madness begins to approach resistance within the confines of the royal family’s rural house in Sandringham, where Christmas meals are conducted with military precision, and physical disease is suggestive of an imminent escape. (In the first of many frightening lunch sequences, Stewart eats spoonfuls of gigantic pearls and putrid-green soup before puking in a palatial restroom’s toilet, suggesting Roquentin’s dizzying epiphanies about the folly of existence in Jean-Paul Sartre’s Nausea.)