Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★★

This is the most beautiful movie I’ve ever seen. It shouldn’t be but it is. I’ve been going on a binge lately of some of my favourite movies and Portrait of a Lady on Fire was the perfect movie to end it on. This is what the film medium was made for. The dialogue is simply dialogue. No exposition. The story is told by the camera. What it chooses to show us, how it moves, and how it chooses to stay in place. This wouldn’t have worked if the actors couldn’t portray all the subtle nuances this script calls for, and they exceeded any expectations. I love this movie so much and I’m glad we still get movies like this that are challenging but so so rewarding.

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