Hey_Kiah’s review published on Letterboxd:
Portrait of a Lady on Fire is such a beautiful and well crafted film. This film captured emotions in a different way than other movies because it wasn't the sad music and frowning when sad, raised voice and more intense music when mad, etc. Each emotion was much deeper and not as known throughout, and it made you feel as if you were in the movie as it went along. You were trying to figure out how others felt just like the characters were and it made it so much more immersive for me.
Something that took my boyfriend and I a little bit to notice when we were watching this, was the fact that there wasn't really a soundtrack or score, but it wasn't a bad thing. The movie was so amazing that a soundtrack wasn't necessary in this case, and it really made the movie better in my opinion. There is music in this movie just not in a standard way. I really appreciated the natural sounds of everything and it made the experience so much more.
The acting didn't feel like acting really, it felt very natural and extremely real. Each character felt like a real person living their life, and being themselves and it was truly amazing. Each character was also unique in face shape, hair color, and body shape which was something I really appreciated from this. The actresses really got into character and made each character very unique and so much more real and I loved getting to know them as the movie went on.
The cinematography in this was gorgeous and very well shot. Each shot felt purposeful but not unnatural. They gave a variety of perspectives, some as if you were one of the characters, others as if you were with them as your own character, or you were just a viewer. It was just amazing and I loved watching it.
Overall this was just an amazing film and I truly enjoyed every moment, and I definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to watch something great.