Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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Film: Mark Kermode's 10 best of 2020
Our critic chooses his highlights, from electrifying psychological horror to Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar triumph and a joyous British coming-of-age teen drama

Mark Kermode

26, Dec, 2020 @3:00 PM

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The 50 best films of 2020 in the UK: the full list
It’s number one time, and it’s a picture from the beginning of the year that nothing else has quite eclipsed for wit, thrills and sheer watchability

Andrew Pulver

18, Dec, 2020 @8:09 AM

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The 50 best films of 2020 in the UK, No 5: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Attraction pulses through this intense, moving and utterly devastating study of an impossible romance in 18th-century France

Catherine Shoard

14, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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A moment of pride: why 2020 has been a big year for the lesbian movie
From arthouse films to romcoms such as The Prom and Happiest Season, representations of lesbian love have come a long way

Steve Rose

07, Dec, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Lovecraft Country, Acute Misfortune: what's streaming in Australia in August
Plus new Australian series Hungry Ghosts, Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E, and Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror opus The Shining

Luke Buckmaster

31, Jul, 2020 @6:00 AM

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The best films of 2020 so far
Adam Sandler is a gem of jewellery dealer, Dev Patel is inspired casting as David Copperfield, while Keira Knightley disrupts the 1970 Miss World contest in these top picks – listed in date order – from the UK release schedule this year

Guardian film

12, May, 2020 @5:00 AM

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire review – mesmerised by the female gaze
Céline Sciamma delivers an entrancing and perceptive exploration of power

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

01, Mar, 2020 @8:00 AM

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It's about time film began representing the lesbian gaze
In Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, we finally steer away from seeing intimacy through the male gaze

Róisín Tapponi

28, Feb, 2020 @1:39 PM

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Like a natural woman: how the female gaze is finally bringing real life to the screen
From Portrait of a Lady on Fire in cinemas to Fleabag on television, realistic women are at last being shown looking back at the world that is looking at them

Gwendolyn Smith

22, Feb, 2020 @2:55 PM

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Céline Sciamma: 'In France, they don’t find the film hot. They think it lacks flesh, it’s not erotic'
Her new film Portrait of a Lady on Fire is the year’s most erotic film: a meditation on passion, art and feminism. But the film-maker says her native country just doesn’t get it

Gwilym Mumford

21, Feb, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire review – burning desires and flashes of Hitchcock
Girlhood director Céline Sciamma’s gripping 18th-century story of obsession demonstrates a new mastery of classical style

Peter Bradshaw

20, May, 2019 @11:04 AM

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10 films to watch at Cannes | Peter Bradshaw's picks
Jim Jarmusch’s starry zombie horror opens, Quentin Tarantino returns and rising director Alice Furtado makes her debut

Peter Bradshaw

13, May, 2019 @4:10 PM

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