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
Early in the film, Reynolds tells Cyril, "It's comforting to think the dead are watching over the living. I don't find that spooky at all." This is similar to a wide variety of quotations on the subject, such as the following loosely similar sentiment, from Stanley Kubrick to his daughter Katharina: "It would be nice if there were ghosts, as that would imply that there is something after death." See more »
When the countess arrives at the front door, the door knocker is heard so Cyril goes to open the door. The countess is climbing the steps and no one else is at the door to do the door knocking when Cyril opens the door. It is clear that someone with the countess knocked on the door and then walked back to the countess to ensure she would be the first to cross the threshold. See more »
Reynolds has made my dreams come true. And I have given him what he desires most in return.
Dr. Robert Hardy:
And what's that?
Every piece of me.
Dr. Robert Hardy:
He's a very demanding man, isn't he? Must be quite a challenge to be with him.
Yes. Maybe he is the most demanding man.
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The title is the very first thing shown in the film following the production company logos. There are no other opening credits. See more »
I cannot, with good conscience, recommend this film to typical Americans, but will say, it would be worth it if you gave it a chance.
Because the nuance will fall on folks who want to be relieved of their lives. This film is about the social elite and their issues when it comes to a consumed artist. Most people who have made art as a profession will understand completely. The story is of a man who excelled at his craft and is forced to see the human in rough sketched lines. Does that sound interesting to people who've just stepped out of "Jumanji"? Nope. But it is high art.
This film is artwork come to life which will fall on deaf ears of the general public who want a more visceral experience. This is atmosphere and mood. The details are exquisite and beautiful. Again, if your meals require you yell through a drive-thru squaw box, don't see this.
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