Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★½

Merlant and Haenel look at one another as spoons must look at tiramisu... I think Sciamma gives us one scene too many - she attains perfection, then goes past it - though I can appreciate it might be crucial to her overall design that both her ladies on fire experience some form of catharsis. Otherwise, the established harmony between watchers and watched struck me as entirely legitimate: that one reason the film has been so thunderously well-received is that its effects are thunderously well achieved. Sometimes, if we're lucky, art speaks to us on a profound, maybe even life-changing level. Sometimes our hearts beat loud and in synch.