Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Review

At the end of the eighteenth century in a small isolated island in Brittany, France a female painter must paint the wedding portrait of a young woman without her knowing.

*Original title – Portrait de la jeune fille en feu *

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Flaunt Magazine #108 The Abandonment Issue – Part 2

JACQUES AUDIARD

Re-Imagining the Systemics of the Prison Film

 

written by Matthew Bedard  photographed by Ryan Rogers

 

here’s something at first incongruous about French director Jacques Audiard smoking his pipe amongst the lush, backyard palms and philodendrons of the French Consulate General’s Beverly Hills home. It’s not so much an astutely continental manner and poise playing afternoon contrast against the spoils of Western expansion, but rather that this yard has fences, and their containment of the director, who smokes, paces, and smokes some more, seems questionable. Quite the ironic anvil as Audiard’s in town promoting his latest directorial effort, a prison film, A Prophet–the most recent Grand Jury Prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival–a piece of cinema that, like previous goes Read My Lips and The Beat that My Heart Skipped, stylishly beautifies brutality, crime, disability, and the human struggle to the searing effect of empathy and French noir cool.

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