Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★★

an absolutely beautiful study on love, art, femininity, and voyeurism. every frame of this film feels like a painting in and of itself. the lack of a soundtrack other than 3 pieces throughout creates focus on the observation. watching others watch each other. I found myself often staring into Noémie Merlant's gorgeous eyes. like the calm strokes of a brush, the story leads along a path of forbidden desire, until that painting is finished and shipped away, never to return. use of close-up and the focus on the faces worked wonders for the devout emotion created by the film – its photogénie, if you will. the two leads are spectacular, and the writing entranced me. the use of the Orpheus story gave me chills. I can't wait until the next time I watch this.

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