Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★★

Portrait de la jeune fille en feu is a masterpiece.

The entire story was raw and real. The emotion in the acting transcends words- especially in the final scene, during the orchestra. It is a credit to Adèle Haenel’s acting as she was able to portray love, loss and heartbreak without speaking. 

The build up to the inevitable romance was perfect, it may have been slow but it was perfect. Héloïse had never known love, and Marianne had never known truly until then what love was and it was magical being able to discover it with them. 

The cinematography was beautiful, so still, that it captured the beauty of the story. It was evident the director was a woman as the tenderness was never lost. The crackling of the fire was truly atmospheric and the lack of music except in vital moments was a smart decision. It enhanced the reality of the story. 

The allegory to Orpheus and Eurydice was nicely done. With Héloïse reading the story and Marianne picturing the moment she would have to abandon her love before it happened, it was powerful. 

don’t regret, remember 

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