Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★★

“You dreamt of me?”
“No, I thought of you.” 

I am totally in love. It’s exquisitely shot, though the inevitable ‘every frame a painting’ claims won’t do justice to Céline Sciamma’s sensitive, ingenious direction. The screenplay is perfect, exploring the intersecting themes or art, memory and love with so much grace; obvious ‘storytime!’ moments can often take me out of a film, but the discussion of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth here is one of the most fascinating elements of the film. The use of music, the colours, the costume design, the brilliantly feminist exploration of gaze, the otherworldly moments and - oh my god — Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel. Too early to say it but I’ll say it anyway: one of cinema’s greatest romances.

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