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2,221 Ratings

Phantom Thread

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
United States, 2017
Drama

Synopsis

Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the center of British fashion. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.

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Phantom Thread Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2018 | 5 nominations including: Best Picture

2018 | Winner: Best Costume Design

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2018 | Winner: FIPRESCI Grand Prix

Village Voice Film Poll

2017 | 2 wins including: Best Director

2017 | 4 nominations including: Best Lead Performance

Romance in Phantom Thread swings between gothic horror and comedy. In the end it is hard to figure out what exactly has saved the House of Woodcock from the fate of the House of Usher. Whatever it is, Anderson’s sense of macabre humor won’t allow Alma (Vicky Krieps) to kill Reynolds. It’s weirder to watch him squirm.
April 19, 2018
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One of the great strengths of Anderson’s script is its innate understanding of the driving forces behind fashion, for designers and models alike. The comments about Alma’s physique speak to the contingent nature of her “perfection;” with her youth, her fair European features and her rather tall and thin but still healthy body, Alma is what a casting agent would call a typical “natural beauty.” This “naturalness” becomes a great asset in the hands of a Reynolds Woodcock.
March 02, 2018
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The film’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 – a resolution whose casual insanity bypasses Hitchcock, makes a beeline for Buñuel, and gets there in one piece.
February 01, 2018
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