Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★

its goregous. let's get that out of the way. the story, the character interactions, the pure love underneath the surface. it's a beautiful story. and its very good - i'm giving it 4 stars - but, i do have some problems that i need to get off my chest because i haven't seen anyone else talk about it (this is my opinion, don't come at me):

the cinematography looked stunning at times, but was so cold. it bothered me. for a story so intimate, every frame looked so fabricated. the vibrant colors were goregous and could have worked in a different story, but it did not fit with the tone at all and just kept reminding me that i was watching a movie. it bothered me the whole time, constantly sucking me out of the world. and at moments i felt like this was trying too hard to be a "masterpiece" that it prevented me from getting a deep emotional response. there were moments when it felt too staged, and at others the characters' dialogue just felt forced.

okay. those were my two big problems with the film. other than that? great. the ending brought me to tears. i don't know what else to say.

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