“a rich cinematic treat to see more than once!”
“an extraordinarily subtle and supple narrative”
In Phantom Thread, renowned couturier Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is the centre of attention in the glamourous 1950s British fashion world of post-war London. Yet this new movie by one of the greatest filmmakers of our time is not about fashion at all. It portrays the unfolding of a fantastic, disruptive game of cat and mouse in which love and surrender are the stakes.
British fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock lives in a perfect bubble of creativity. Women come and go in the life of this confirmed bachelor, providing him with inspiration and company. But when he meets a headstrong young woman named Alma (Vicky Krieps), she quickly conquers a permanent place in his life as both muse and mistress.
In his creations Alma feels perfect in a way she has never before experienced, but this requires of her a personal sacrifice, for she basically lives under the tyranny of the man she loves. After a twist in the story, however, their characters are surprisingly changeable …
Director Paul Thomas Anderson (‘Magnolia’, ‘There Will Be Blood’, ‘The Master’) is considered one of the most important filmmakers of his generation. Every shot, every action and every cut between two images is just right. And if there is a theme to Anderson’s oeuvre, it is that every movie is a unique experience unto itself. The authentic colours and marvellous camerawork make Phantom Thread a delight to watch. The enchanting piano music of film composer and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood also turns the movie into a true delicacy. Awarded 44 film prizes, including the Oscar for Best Costume Design.