Portrait of a Lady on Fire

critic Reviews

, 98% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A singularly rich period piece, Portrait of a Lady on Fire finds stirring, thought-provoking drama within a powerfully acted romance.
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    Rachel SymeNew Yorker
    Even without showing men onscreen, Sciamma depicts the myriad ways in which the patriarchy constricts the lives of her female protagonists.
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    Cody CorrallChicago Reader
    It's a slow burn, sure, but the embers are remarkable.
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    David SextonLondon Evening Standard
    It could have been claustrophobic but the central story is so passionately involving you don't want to look elsewhere at all.
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    Ed PottonTimes (UK)
    This is a film about looking, female looking specifically.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    It's an all-in effort, and Sciamma has created something of a masterwork. It's a deeply layered story - a brush-up on the story of Orpheus and Eurydice wouldn't hurt - with themes that transcend era and setting. This girl is on fire.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    Sciamma conjures the past with such clarity you clean forget the modern world and the crew crouched in fleeces and headphones just out of shot. Such, done right, is the magic of cinema.
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    Fernanda SolórzanoLetras Libres
    Céline Sciama condones the almost voyeuristic viewpoint in this type of film and instead has the camera serve as an accomplice to what we see. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Andrew GaudionVultureHound
    An elegant, endlessly gorgeous piece of film that hits you right in the centre of your heart.
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    Gabriela MezaFuera de Foco
    The development of the film is hidden under an apparent simplicity, where the tension falls into the deep gaze of their confused protagonists. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Tom BeasleyFlickering Myth
    Crackles and dances like the titular flames, as dangerous and unpredictable as it is beautiful and fascinating.
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