Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★½

We see history repeat itself in this family. We see a mother who is forced into a marriage, scared. We see her daughter forced into a marriage who'd rather die. We see her sister have to take her place.

We don't know what the mother's true desires were. Did she love women as well? Did she have to leave someone she loved behind, a man or a woman? Did her daughter leave a lover behind when she jumped? We don't know because the structures around them didn't bother to care let alone ask.

We only know about the sister because someone, a woman filmmaker, cares. She cares to tell this story. She cares to show the short lived joy, the pain, the ghost it leaves behind. She cares to uncover two women's desires, two women's sexualities, because it matters.

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