Nathan Pigg’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Not everything is fleeting. Some feelings are deep.”
I was wrong about this film.
On first viewing, I simply was distracted and didn’t give it my full attention. That’s a huge mistake when there’s subtitles (this should’ve been obvious to me) and when the story is so reliant on dialogue. I was foolish, but I knew that this required a rewatch and a true viewing.
Now that I’ve done that, I can confidently say this is a great picture. The script is solid, the acting is perfect, and the lighting is incredible. But the best thing about Portrait of a Lady on Fire is easily the cinematography. It’s gorgeous. It’s one of the best shot movies I’ve ever seen. So thrilled I gave this a true watch, because it’s yet another fantastic 2019 release.