Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★½

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is one of those films you can sit back and soak it all in. Stunning in every meaning of the word. Each shot is framed perfectly and the colour palette is beautiful. The core relationship in Portrait of a Lady on Fire is developed slowly and with care. There is an electric chemistry between the central duo, both actresses do a fantastic job.

My only complaint would be the side plot feels unnecessary. It doesn’t really add anything to the story and only serves to make a point. Even if the message may be completely valid, I think it’s forced addition takes away from the film overall.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is something I can’t wait to revisit. There’s several themes and subtext to digest. The parallels to and interpretation of Greek mythology is particularly interesting. It’s one of my favourites of the year so far, a mesmerising film.

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