In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.
Double crosses, adultery, murder, mistaken identity, and revenge ensue when a mysterious power player and his sultry wife hire a disgraced Los Angeles property broker to discreetly market and sell their Malibu villa.
During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
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Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.
Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants, and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. Written by
A Meticulous, Layered Drama from Paul Thomas Anderson
I'm a huge fan of director Paul Thomas Anderson's films (except for "Inherent Vice,") and was really looking forward to seeing this. After finally seeing it tonight, I can confirm that it does not disappoint. This delicate and utterly elegant period drama about a fictional tailor known as Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel-Day Lewis) relationship with a young woman played by Vicky Krieps. From its first frames, it is clear that PTA has paid sublime attention to detail with this film. Each scene feels truly finely crafted with a level of intense precision uncommonly found in even sophisticated filmmaking today. The sets, costumes and score are simply masterful and well worth the price of admission alone.
From a somewhat more tangible standpoint, Anderson's drama further delivers the goods. The acting is very strong, as the film's performances can feel slightly subdued and low-key before creeping up on the viewer to create a sharp but simple impact. The movie's script is a delight, managing to pull of a genuine hat-trick by feeling both simple and complex at the same time. With a tone reminiscent of a classical romantic drama with Gothic and even some Shakespearean undertones, the tightly but grippingly paced drama that unfolds is both entertaining and enthralling for its audience. While PTA's films are not always known for their senses of humor, "Phantom Thread" is surprisingly very funny at times. The film's use of irony is also immensely clever, as dramatic and situational irony are both used in clever and impactful manners--both when the audience most and least expects them to arrive and occur. While some might criticize the film for being slightly slow at times, patient viewers will find much to savor--and commend--here. Highly recommended. 9/10
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