Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★★

There is something about Portrait of a Lady on Fire that doesn’t entirely feel like a film; almost as if Céline Sciamma has invented a new dialect in the language of cinema. Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel together create a new vision of the impossible love, the longing they are both drape for. At moments it feels like a novel, long silences against vivid descriptions of vistas and of visages. In other moments, it is itself a portrait, capturing all in its stillness. But still there is something more here. Portrait of a Lady on Fire is but a moment of the most desperate sublime.

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