Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (2019)
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- Portrait of a Lady on Fire
- 122 min.
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Goddamn. You better believe the hype for this one is real.
I remember going to see Water Lilies in the IFI 10-11 years ago, when going to see things in the IFI was still a bit of a weird novelty for me. I was surprised and fascinated by the film, and in years after was great to see the new films by the director Celine Sciamma get more attention and more acclaim. But what a pleasure to see such a talented filmmaker throw out a no-question masterpiece.
This is basically a love story: two women - the excellent Noémie Merlant alongside the ever reliable Adèle Haenel, boasting electric chemistry together - meet in less than ideal circumstances, and start falling for each other. It’s a straightforward foundation but Sciamma has such a masterly sense of control over the images, the glances, the silences, the needle drops... It’s packed full of long, powerful moments of quiet, but also spectacularly lush and romantic images designed to sear into the characters’ minds alongside the viewers’. It has as perfect an ending as any film has ever had.
It’s a period piece full of fussy costumes, but the film’s not at all stuffy. It starts slow, but the rewards arrive quickly and are plentiful. Just great all round TBH.
I am fully unable to regroup from this film. Jesus Christ, this is a gift. My gay ass already has her tickets for a second showing later today. I'm reborn.
it knew when and how to impact and some of it's moments are now burned on my mind, marked... it was one of these films that made me smile by myself with just quiet images and poignant dialogue, and stares and glimpses... I really liked it
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This movie ranks #15 in iCheckMovies - Most Favorite
This movie ranks #70 in TimeOut's 100 Best Romantic Movies
This movie ranks #193 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films