Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★

Rewatching this revealed so many elegant details I missed the first time around. It really is a masterpiece of economy, character and purpose. I feel like everything I am learning about in film school this semester could be taught via this film. Sciamma’s dialogue rankles at times in its obtuseness, and an abortion scene is so glaringly on-the-nose that it feels like it’s from a different film. But the fact that it’s so noticeable is testament to the feeling of elation almost every other scene and every cut in the film left me with. The spare yet soulful use of music is wonderful, too.

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