Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★★

This film was a work of art! A living, breathing, work of art that was created much like Marianne's sketches of Héloïse, until the final product was finished and unveiled - an untouchable Masterpiece.

This film was gorgeous beyond words. The cinematography and camera angles were breathtaking. The story was evocative, emotional, and truly beautiful. The screenplay and film score were divine. My attention was focused the whole time to what was transpiring on the screen and not once did I stray even for a second. Listen to your heart as love is all that matters.

Noémie Merlant (Marianne) and Adèle Haenel (Héloïse) were perfection! Their chemistry was simply beautiful, magical, and it was such a joy to watch their relationship blossom as they became closer to each other. I was taken back by their formidable performances.

Not to steal Noémie's and Adèle's thunder but Luàna Bajrami (Sophie) put in a stellar performance of her own, which I enjoyed immensely and was definitely worth mentioning.

For me, the film's most potent and paramount scenes were when Adèle's dress caught fire and Noémie's visions of Adèle came true. These particular scenes left me awestruck.

Overall, Céline Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire was a creative and stunning cinematic stroke of brilliance.

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