Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★★

I cried so hard at this movie I wondered if my face was broken.

Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel are so great. There is not a word more dialogue than there needs to be in the screenplay, and there DOESN'T NEED TO BE because these two (with director Céline Sciamma and cinematographer Claire Mathon) accomplish so much with a glance.

I love how much attention they pay to the art itself; a bunch of the narrative plays out on the canvasses themselves and the process of creating the portrait(s).

They also don't call too much attention to the social context, which I really appreciated. Their struggle is not so much about breaking or redefining social mores, but about finding and fighting for something worthwhile within the limitations of their time and place.

I have shots from this movie stuck in my head. The cinematography is unreal. Best movie I have seen in ages.


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