Portrait of a Lady on Fire
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Loved it. Funny that all the previews were gore, blood, violent , or scary. Then a lovely poignant lesbian love story.
Excellent photography in this reflective movie! It surrounds two women discovering their lesbian desires through their work and duties. One is a painter that develops the typical masculine desire of gazing and appreciation. Her muse is in the more typical female style of wanting to be admired. There are some boring patches, where I drifted, but the more interesting qualities were the body language, facial expressions that left the audience to fill in the blanks themselves. This was especially notable in the final shot. The audience, what audience?! I was in the middle of an empty theatre with only a handful of women in the back. At least the sex wasn't overly graphic which would distract from the storytelling. I was left with the message of the damage caused by repression, which can lead to unnecessary suicidal thoughts. Everybody wants love, but it has to be authentic.
Film is lush and beautiful. Yes, it is slow but when you place yourself in front of a beautiful painting, you enjoy, study and reflect. The pace is very effective and the actors are gifted with the brushwork of director, Celine Sciamma. With all of the recent films containing graphic violence, sophomoric humor and shallow screenplays, this film refreshes the day. Great work!
Possibly one of the most beautiful works I've seen on the female gaze. The direction from Celine Sciamma was completely stunning
It is well filmed but the pace is too slow and the plot is too plain for my taste. I found it very boring.