jen’s review published on Letterboxd:
portrait of a lady on fire is a film burning with passion. it is both modest and devastating, classic and modern, quiet and hypnotic.
in a genre dominated by male storytellers, celine sciamma’s female gaze envelops the film, seeking not to patronize the two women, but rather to acutely and compassionately actualize their lives as they help to liberate each other.
this film boldy explores the universal emotions underlying love, self-determination and liberty and the result is profoundly moving. 'portrait' is simultaneously visceral and cerebral. i adore how sciamma made use the greek myth of orpheus and eurydice as the heart of the film and narrate a beautiful but heartbreaking lovestory approaching it's time limit.
i cant explain how i love how 'portrait's' beautifully-crafted images blend together with the rawness of its characters’ emotions, and finally culminates into something surreal, passionate, and vulnerable.
will definitely watch this again!