Written By: Daniel Kinsley
This is a difficult time. The world is riddled with anxiety, fear, and a deadly disease that has radically interrupted the daily life of nearly everything and everyone. So, for the whole month of April, The Porkchop Express presents: THE QUARANTINE STREAM, a 30 day series designed to help shine a light on a film that is worthy of your time and might very well be the distraction you need. In an effort to keep it fresh, we will be alternating between the big three services (Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu) and trying to keep the choices as varied as possible.
For Day Twenty-Six, prepare for love and heartache with this searing French romance. Now available on Hulu.
Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (2019)
Prior to the wider release of this film in early 2020 (a time that feels light years away now) the online hype surrounding this film was at such a fever pitch, it seemed impossible that it could live up to its reputation. And yet, by the end of the film, it had easily done just that. A French speaking 18th century lesbian romance may be a harder sell outside of the art-house crowd, but be assured that Portrait is a hypnotic, stunning film, that ranks among the most sensuous and deeply, achingly romantic films this writer has ever laid eyes on. The central performances from Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant are nothing short of breathtaking as the pair circle one another carefully in a world ruled by patriarchal rules. This is a hauntingly gorgeous portrait about women made by women and a testament to the sheer raw power of the female gaze. This film will make you fall in love, and then break your heart with both equal verve and ease. Given time, it will rank as one of the great on-screen romances of our time. Don’t miss it.