Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

LFF 2019 #19

I often get quite nervous sitting down to watch films that have been unanimously adored, just in case I’m the odd one out. I don’t like to be the odd one out. I don’t like not being able to see the wonders in something that everyone else has.

That was not an issue here though. Portrait Of A Lady On Fire deserves all the superlatives that have been ladled upon it. Someone should invent more superlatives! 

It’s so immaculately designed, but never in a way that holds you apart from the characters. Each frame - fittingly - is a work of art. So much emotion is delivered via stolen glances. The warmth of it is extraordinary. I loved the lack of score too - somehow it makes the whole things seem more real and immediate: the crackle of the fire and the roar of the sea. 

So clever and romantic and rapturously beautiful. Perfect. Masterpiece. Instant classic.

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