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DIRECTOR Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville, Gina McKee
Daniel Day-Lewis excels in Paul Thomas Anderson’s brilliant new film about a 1950s dressmaker and his obsession with his new muse and lover.
In glamorous 1950s London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis, in possibly his final role) works with his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) to dress royalty, movie stars and members of high society. Women drift in and out of his bachelor life until he encounters Alma (Vicky Krieps), who quickly becomes his muse and lover. A visually sumptuous film from Anderson (There Will Be Blood) about love and artistry, with a deft comedic touch and set off perfectly by Jonny Greenwood’s hypnotic score.
(2017 USA 130 mins)
A story made to measure for an incomparable thespian, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s divine, poetically scripted and unpredictable melodrama examines the impact of emotional upheaval on the fragile mind of a finely tuned creative … Krieps is intriguingly ambiguous in a story with a rarefied air that’s by turns seductive, compassionate and sinister, and which increasingly takes Alma’s perspective of events, as if gradually teasing out her capability. And yet this was always going to be Day-Lewis’s picture … If this is to be his swan song, what a fine and fitting departure. Emma Simmonds, Radio Times
Nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Actor and Supporting Actress and for four BAFTAs. Winner of the Oscar and BAFTA for Best Costume Design.
BBFC advice: Contains strong language. Detailed advice from the BBFC (click on insight)