Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

When one is aloneย 
Showing one they are seen
helps one feel freedom

I am so happy I got this from Barnes and Noble during the criterion sale! This movie is so damn
ย beautiful. ๐Ÿ˜Š

So much story being told through such subtle nonverbal behavior combined with a tone of close up and reverse shots to present insight about these characters. The performances are subtle yet so powerful. No frame in this movie is wasted. Every scene serves a purpose to develop the characters, develop the world, and create a large sense of scale that makes this intimate setting feel so grand.

How the movie uses the gaze to overcome looking as some as beautiful art in order to look at them as your equal just warms my heart๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ’š. A gaze that it is so inescapable that it is manifested in the track shots in the film. Constantly following the characters. Changing meaning as the characters learn more about each other and themselves.

ย Each viewing just makes me resonate more with how the movie presents how powerful it can be to reflect on your own bias in regards to your gaze so you can finally SEE SOMEONE for who they TRULY are. Being able to truly see someone through a gaze that can be feminine and/or ย powerfully empathic can truly help another person feel like they are not alone. It can help you feel like you are not alone. It can help you and those you truly see feel free. So much of this is done through so many reversal shots to convey how there is not a fight for dominance between the characters. The shot reversals are to indicate how the characters are learning about one another in order to feel equal to each other.ย 

The story still remains to be painfully tragic. Despite how a character begins to truly see someone through a non objectifying and profitable gaze, they soon must return to a profession that encourages them to eternalize the male gaze in order to create images of others. Images that lack the soul and humanity of the person being drawn. Drawing them within a frame that they feel like they are trapped in. A frame where people can constantly view them for entertainment or profit. A frame they try so hard to escape.ย 

Despite at times feeling the freedom to finally see others for who they and others feeling like people actually see them for who they truly are, they eventually come back to reality. They eventually feel the effects of outside forces that make them feel alone and not truly seen. They eventually feel as if others do not believe in their right to be seen outside of certain historical expectations that continue to be perpetuated.ย 

Such a beautiful yet tragic movie. Yet, the movie still feels hopeful. Even when you are scared to loose someone who helped you feel alive, there is something important to take away. They reminded you that you are important. They reminded you that exist. They reminded you that there are others out there that are capable of truly seeing you. You cannot be controlled. You are your own creator. Take a moment to let out your pain as you remember that you are worth caring about and truly seeing.

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