Phantom Thread

October 23

Daniel Day-Lewis doesn’t make many films, when he does you know it’s going to be special. Day-Lewis plays the punctilious Reynolds, 1950s dress-maker to royalty and the rich. He needs muses to inspire him and women come and go as they fleetingly fulfil the role. Into his life comes Alma (Krieps), a strong-willed waitress who becomes his model and lover. We begin to wonder who is in control and to what lengths they will go to maintain power. A wonderfully nuanced film with knock-out performances from the three leads, it has a subversive thread of humour and plot turns that leave you wondering for a long time afterwards. The costume design and music seemed to outshine the actors and director at award ceremonies, but one Oscar and 5 Oscar nominations speak for themselves plus 43 other major wins across the board. ‘Phantom Thread’s apparent severity is a brilliant disguise that only really unravels in retrospect: what’s underneath is a battle-of-the-sexes comedy that ruthlessly strips away layers of archetype and artifice to arrive at its maker’s most nakedly happily-ever-after ending to date.’ Adam Nayman, Sight and Sound

Starring

Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville

Film Information

Title Phantom Thread
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Country USA/UK
Classification 15
Running Time 127 mins
Release Year 2017
Subtitles No
Colour Yes