Reactions to Portrait of a Lady on Fire
The first film of the new season Portrait of a Lady on Fire proved to be a big hit with most of the audience, with the vast majority awarding it an A or a B rating for an overall score of 85.1%. And the new arrangements to comply with the safety guidelines set by The Bacon Theatre were also well received.
Some of the comments received on the film:
- Very atmospheric and erotic. Classic French cinema. A great start to the season and good to be back.
- Beautiful film to open the new season. Powerful evocation of love and passion, both kept alive by memory, not regret. Art is our consolation.
- We’re new to CFS – seeing this was a ‘breath of fresh air’. Great choice!
- Excellent start to the season. Beautiful cinematography, engaging plot and superb acting. A thoroughly enjoyable viewing experience.
- Visually stunning and engrossing film. Wonderful.
- A beautifully conceived and crafted film. A story sensitively told without exploitation of any of the female characters across a variety of social classes. We both really enjoyed it. So pleased to have seen it on a big screen.
- Stunning cinematography. Looks so good on the big screen. A perfect choice for the first film.
- Visually splendid and very portrait like, with an allegory of Orpheus thrown in too.
- A brilliant film, with wonderful lighting and cinematography. The acting was superb and the themes of the enduring power of love, the exploitation of women, and their resourcefulness in the face of it, were sensitively explored. It was a great choice for the opening of the 2021 season and the return to The Bacon.
- A really wonderful, atmospheric and powerful film with great acting and sparse purposeful dialogue. No wonder it has won so many awards.
- A masterpiece.
- A fascinating film – dramatic setting’ beautiful photography and the portrayal of the friendship between not just the main 2 but the 3 characters was compelling.
- Dazzling. Wonderfully staged, and performances were completely absorbing. Best film I’ve seen at CFS in the last 3 years.
- Charming if slow moving love story. Cinematography stunning. It was a little on the long side.
Very good photography with a lot of close-up portraits. One’s attention was drawn to the eyes.
- A little slow in places but otherwise enjoyable.
- Excellent acting, but a bit predictable script. The constant deafening thunder of the sea combined with bright blue sky felt like a cheap sound effect.
- Very French indeed – all about the interior life. Lovely to look at. Certain aspects very implausible such as not smelling the oil paint.
- Beautifully made and well acted, but far too long and drawn out.
- The film made a promising start – the actresses, costumes and scenery were beautiful. However, many scenes were unnecessary – leaving nothing for the imagination and making the film overlong.
- Too long for the amount of content. I was not convinced by the love affair.