Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★★

Paint Me Like One of Your French Girls.
Céline Sciamma's past work has covered love, identity and self-discovery. All of these films play their part in leading up to Sciamma's masterpiece, Portrait of a Lady on Fire.
Isolating and claustrophobic, much of the film takes place in one location with minimal characters. It takes its time, allowing you time to take it in and letting the characters slowly open up to us. With some of the best performances of the year, every cast member gives a uniquely intimate and devastating performance especially the two leads Noémie Merlant & Adèle Haenel as we follow their tragic love story.
Shot beautifully, every shot as the name suggests is like a painting bursting with so much colour and attention to detail. Though this is a very slow-moving, you don't care as you’re so enthralled with taking in your surroundings.
Deeply romantic and equally heartbreaking, where I can understand that this may not be for everyone, for me it was something truly special. Never has a final shot hurt as much as this.
Films like this don't come around often. I have loved going back and exploring Sciamma's back catalogue and after this and the acclaim it has received I am so excited to see what comes next.

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