At The Movies

Breaking rules and bending genres

Passions ignite in austere period drama Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, while cosmic monsters run loose in Color Out Of Space

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (R21, 120 minutes, now showing at The Projector, ) is a period drama that breaks the rules.

"Lush" is a word often used to describe dramas about wigged aristocrats cavorting in rococo ballrooms, but this French work is so trimmed to the bone as to be almost austere.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2020, with the headline 'Breaking rules and bending genres'. Print Edition | Subscribe