Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★½

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Wow, this wasn't a catastrophic disappointment like most highly-acclaimed modern films! I won't say it's a masterpiece, but it is a great film with magnificent cinematography.

The biggest issue for me was the total lack of a third act. Stories typically build to a climax, but this just peters out before stopping. It reminded me of Forrest Gump deciding not to run anymore and just walking home. This lack of a satisfactory ending is highlighted by a multitude of earlier plants that were never paid off - running toward the cliff, swimming in the ocean without knowing how to swim, the dead sister. None of it mattered. It did not impact the outcome in any tangible way whatsoever. One could make a strong case that literally nothing happened in the end. The girls went their separate ways and that was that. However, this is a similar criticism I had with another French lesbian romance film, Blue Is the Warmest Color. I was not at all satisfied with the end on my first viewing, but it clicked on the second. Perhaps that will happen with this one, too.


Beer: Drowned Lands Autumn Terra - Double IPA - 4/5 (close to the Tree House style but short of exceptional; still tasty, though)

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