Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★★

Finally got to check out my Criterion blu of this last night with the Discord Movie Club and it looks great. Still clocks in as one of the best movies of last year/decade. While all participants enjoyed the film and I thoroughly relished the watch with my friends I don't think its quiet romance particularly lends itself well as a "drinking with the bros on a Saturday" film in the same way as The Cat or even The Handmaiden. Like a lot of my recent favorite films such as A Ghost Story or The VVitch it's a experience best taken in with the lights off in a quiet room receiving your full attention.

Anyway, it's one of the most gorgeously shot films I've ever seen. An intoxicating slow build backdropped with stunning scenery accentuating one of the most passionate and memorable love stories I've ever seen that relies entirely on the faces of its actors. Perfect acting and film making all around. The bonfire scene is one of my favorite moments in cinema.

Absolutely recommend.

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