Carson Menkes’s review published on Letterboxd:
Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire lovingly depicts the sapphic erotic connection between two women finding their desire for expression and creativity fulfilled within each other. More than that, the film is about the ways in which we represent our love (or any emotion for that matter) through art and the power of that art to act as memory. The power of art is that of validation, it encodes what society finds important. In this film, by putting brush to canvas, art is allowed to validate the experiences of women, and that is what I found particularly powerful about it. Portrait is a refreshing departure from girl-boss, glass ceiling, narratives of 21st-century gender politics, choosing instead, to focus on the delicate ephemeral emotions of love and tenderness between women. This film can simply be described as lovely, what a lovely film to experience.
If Portrait doesn’t make you long to experience grand love, then idk what will!