I enjoyed the premise and the filmmaking, but it took way too much of my time to get to that ending. A loner's delight.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire is like if the feeling of lost love somehow manifested itself into a 120 minute film.
There are stories that are told and enjoyed, and then there are stories like this one that will creep into your mind and have you thinking about its characters. Thinking about the what-if's and the what-could-have-been's of the their story. Just like a love lost.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I saw this for the first time when I was fifteen. A modern masterpiece appeared to be plucked from what seemed to be obscurity. I didn't know anything about Charlie Kaufman at the time, and had not yet realized he wrote films I admired from afar; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich. This film really gave my teenage self a paradigm switch in the way I absorbed seeing movies as art, and something that can move…