Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★

Delving into the connection between two people, Céline Sciamma's "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" puts a match to an understated tinderbox of passions. The story, revolving around a painter and her subject, moves deliberately, observing characters and glances and draws in its audience with narrative verses both recognizable and forbidden. Sciamma's cast carries the necessary emotions of the film with dynamic ease; and the cinematic canvas upon wish she tells her story is artfully adorned and rendered with rich and raw color that reflects the output of of the drama's lead player. It is lovely, sometimes striking work.

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