Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread

Director Paul Thomas Anderson and star Daniel Day-Lewis reteam, after 2007's brilliant There Will Be Blood, for this Best Picture Academy Award nominee set in the fashion world of 1950s post-war London. Once again, Anderson and Day-Lewis are nominated for Oscars as is Lesley Manville for her supporting role.

Renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Manville) are at the centre 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.

Best Costuming, Academy Awards 2018
2018Rating: M, Mature themes and coarse language130 minsUSA
DramaFestival & Independent
Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson ('There Will Be Blood', 'Magnolia', 'Boogie Nights', 'The Master', 'Punch Drunk Love')
Writer:
Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast:
Daniel Day-LewisLesley ManvilleVicky KriepsCamilla RutherfordRichard GrahamJane Perry

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Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest explores his usual preoccupations - unconventional families, toxic father figures, cloistered creators - and has received the usual nominations for awards it won’t win. But it’s a much chillier proposition than the likes of Boogie Nights, Magnolia or There Will Be Blood.

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Vulture

Vulture

We're not so much watching Woodcock the rarefied designer as Day-Lewis the rarefied actor, his immersion so uncanny that he can illuminate a soul at once titanic and stunted.

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Variety

Variety

"Phantom Thread" is seductive and absorbing, but it's also emotionally remote.

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Time Out

Time Out

Even though the tone here is impeccable as a Max Ophüls classic or high-period Bertolucci, you really have to go to something subversive like The War of the Roses to get a hint of the comic blackness.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

There is such pure delicious pleasure in this film, in its strangeness, its vehemence, its flourishes of absurdity, carried off with superb elegance.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

This is odd territory for Anderson, in one sense. It's a sort of chamber piece, while he has made his name with great ensemble casts and epic stories, but he's still looking for the epic.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

An impossible love affair rendered in impeccable detail, "Phantom Thread" beguiles as it confounds while articulating a universal truth: Nobody can possibly fathom the inner workings of other people's relationships.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day Lewis, both in peak form, use the fashion world to tackle the agony and euphoria of creation. Taking full measure of Phantom Thread may require more than one viewing. Our advice for now: just sit back and behold.

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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

By a sliver of a hair, Krieps is more impressive than Day-Lewis, more beguiling and, by the end of this entrancing picture, more terrifying.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

While there is precious little overt "drama" per se, before you know it you've become happily ensconced in a peculiar world you've never visited or even imagined before.

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Collider

Collider

Like a meticulously crafted dress, it may not move or breathe, but we still marvel at its exquisite craft and stunning design.

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