Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★★

The old cliche every frame is a painting has been used to death but if any film fits that description it is this. Entirely and invariably extraordinary to look at. Adored its obsession with the elements and it ties in thematically mimicking the artists and authors of the era's fascination with nature. Rarely is the camera not framing breathtaking views of nature or trailed by the sight of fire or sound of the wind. The lack of score is also worth note making the rare diegetic music hit hard. All this and I haven't even touched on the magnificent writing and acting. I get why Les Miserables was chosen as the French selection for the Oscars, but it obviously wasn't the best French film of 2019.

Absolutely recommend.

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