Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★½

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certainly hypocritical, doesn't live by own primary theme, ie you must break from formal (artistic/societal) conventions to express true nature/essence. classically structured, conventional period forbidden romance film when looking beyond base gender of subjects (maybe this would have come off as boldly transgressive 50yrs ago?), no real genre-crashing either in narrative or composition. fire gathering scene was highlight, certainly, entrancing. framed narrative felt hokey. ending shot annoyingly ott, forced emoting. maybe the translation is at fault but several lines felt contrived. couldn't totally buy into the intense, life-long love due to them only being together for a week or so & not doing much more together than walking&glancing... the film tells us they developed a deep connection but doesn't show us. some grand symmetrical, static composed shots indoors. Tracking Heloise walking out of house in cloak was killer. Orpheus + Vivaldi tie-ins are remarkable balance of showy bourgeois signalling & totally hamfisted execution. Decent period romance, but I just don't see much novel here

2.5-

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