Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★

A beautiful film focusing on a relationship between two women during a multi-layered and complex time. The film does a subtle job of interweaving class into its narrative and you are well aware of the privilege and similarly the traps that these women feel they need to navigate. I appreciate the lack of male gaze in this film which should merit a 5 on its own, however I was not taken by this film emotionally. It did not reach me, but it is not to say the film is not unique, powerful, and healthy. Also, it was a delight to see Valeria Golino slay her role...well worth it.