Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★½

This film really captures themes of womanhood accurately. The characters’ naked bodies are shown in a completely neutral way, neither sexualized nor made to be the center of attention. Instead of showing explicit, overly exaggerated sex scenes, we see gentle, tender, and loving moments between the characters. I loved how soft and kindly they treated each other, and how warm their whole relationship was.

One of my favorite things about this movie is the way it tackled abortion. The baby alongside her on the bed interacting with her, how we are told to look, to not be ashamed, and the way it’s preserved in a painting afterwards. There is something so brutal and real about it, as if it is monumentally assertive about female authority over our own bodies.

There’s just something very special about the type of love in this film. It’s so pure, so gentle, so natural and so innocent. Everyone deserves to experience this kind of love at least once in a lifetime.

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