Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★★

I know I throw around this word a lot, so it might not mean that much when I say that this. THIS. Is the most beautiful film I have ever seen, ever witnessed.

At the beginning of the film, I had my legs crossed, and I was so entranced, I hadn't even noticed that I left my legs crossed and my leg went numb. Once I realized, finally, I planted both my feet on the ground, and rested my elbows on my knees, where they remained until they went numb. This cycle went on and on, as I kept getting more and more into this, this, this masterpiece.

I was leaning towards 4 1/2 stars for a bit at first, until the scene of Orpheus. I became so emotional, more emotional than I've ever been while watching a movie. Then, the next scene, at the fireplace. The music may have been a bit loud, but I was distracted by even more emotional spewing from myself; a single tear rolled down my cheek.

There was a moment where I thought I couldn't handle this and I took my eyes off to give me a small break, as I admired, for the first time in months, the breathtaking beauty of the Tampa Theatre. This film is what led me to that.

The comparison Céline seemed to make to this film with Orpheus was what brought me to even more tears. The scene at the end, "Turn Around." I was smiling as I cried.

The way Héloïse looked at Marianne during the singing was the way I looked at the film. I feel I could compare the entire movie to just this scene of her dress catching on fire, as she falls once the small flames are relinquished by the water.

I had to fight back the tears at the end, as Summer played watching this long take of Héloïse fall into a fit of tears herself in a theatre, just so I didn't embarrass myself in the theatre.

I'm truly not even mad it took me this long to watch this. I'm mad that I haven't already watched it another 5 times.

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