Sam Thompson’s review published on Letterboxd:
Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a genuine masterpiece. Every single aspect about it is downright beautiful.
It’s slow, filled with pauses and silences, and yet it gets you to care so deeply for these characters. Without much dialogue, these amazing actresses give us a thousand words and all the emotion just with their glances at each other. It’s some of the best acting and chemistry I’ve ever seen and it crescendos to a breathtaking and heart wrenching climax.
The cinematography and direction is gorgeous. If you’ve seen it then you’ll now just how perfectly done Héloïse’s character introduction is done. That’s just one example that stood out to me early on how well Sciamma made this film.
It’s a truly mesmerising film that has hit me a lot harder that I expected it to. It deserves all the praise in the world but it’s one of those films that just needs to be experienced and so I don’t have much else to write to be honest.