Both the portrait AND the lady are on fire
Release Date: September 18, 2019
Director: Céline Sciamma
Who should watch this movie: Self-identified cottagecore tik tok users. Cat owners. Folks who dream of sapphic romance but gay-panic anytime a woman touches them. Fans of Rachel Weisz’s filmography. People who watched Masculine/Feminine because “It’s a classic” and were disappointed.
When should you watch this movie: When you stop believing in love. When you need a good cry.
The sell: Portrait of a Lady on Fire has all the fixings of a classic french romance. Gorgeous scenery, muted jewel tones, poetic dialogue and Adele Haenel. A story told largely in meaningful stares between the two main characters, plot succumbs to feeling and audiences are left at the mercy of Sciamma’s masterfully rendered mood. Not insignificantly, there are no men in this movie with the exception of a couple porters on screen for 30 seconds.