Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★★

I wasn't in love with Portrait while watching, but looking back at it, I can't imagine a better execution of the premise than this. The cinematography is exceptional (regularly evoking the work of Ingmar Bergman), the script is tight (the relationship of Marianne/Heloise beautifully mirroring that of Orpheus/Eurydice - and the abortion subplot tying into the women's lack of autonomy in the era in which they live), the paintings (something of obvious importance in a story like this) are immaculate, and the choice to use nothing but diegetic music really sets a disquieting tone right from the off.

If it wasn't clear from all of that, I really love this movie. I know most people have seen it by now (probably shouldn't have taken me this long to watch it tbh), but if you haven't, I would highly recommend it.

5 Stars

Sidenote: I know that Marianne isn't played by Emma Watson but like... isn't she? You can't convince me those actresses don't look exactly the same.

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