Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★★

Goddamn good as hell! Shot with a dazzlingly lush warmth where the colors pop off the screen like a perfected Technicolor, absolutely aching with emotion from start to finish, acted with remarkable depth and poise by the main cast, and deeply engrossing in its simple and oh so devastating tale. I truly love that Sophie (the maid) got to be a fully fleshed out character with her own plot line and a great moment (where she holds the baby’s fingers), I love that the romance felt like stolen moments being resurrected from the depths of memory for an audience that can’t help but hang on every word, and I love that the movie’s only musical moments are doled out for maximum effect. Yes, I’m thinking of the ending with that, but the moment where the villagers sing what sounds like a long lost Stereolab b-side and then we get the image the movie is named after will probably stick with me for all of my days. Everything I’d hoped for when I heard about this movie, and more. I’d gladly buy a print of the portrait of the lady on fire.

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