Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★½

Tried watching this three years ago and stopped after 20 minutes. My old laptop couldn't handle running Mubi, so it buffered every minute and I got fed up, because I wasn't prepared to spend 5 hours trying to watch it.

This movie is fantastic in every conceivable way. One of the most vividly beautiful films I've seen. It's perfectly paced, the whole thing just flew by. I was about halfway through the film before I realised that there was no score. It's one of those movies where you can tell every single granular detail was extensively planned out.

My favourite thing about this film is how it manages to communicate so much without using dialogue. This film respects the intelligence of the audience and trusts them to understand what is happening without being spoonfed. The final scene is one of the most the most powerful, emotional and layered scenes I've ever seen - and all without a single word being spoken.

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