Saw The Phantom Thread on Blu earlier this year. Huge fan of PTA's films, but wasn't sure I would like this due to the subject matter about a dressmaker in 1950's UK. However, at it's core - this was a very well-done & disturbing film about a truly sick & emotionally dependent relationship.
My impression here was that the DDL character was literally being poisoned by his new wife, in order for her to exhibit some kind of control over him - i.e., after his getting sick she would then nurse him back to health. And, then the process would start again. Making this even more twisted, he actually seemed to be aware of what was happening here - and let it continue.
I must say that I saw this film the day it opened in 70mm, and loved it, but if I had seen those two descriptions above that are not hidden by the spoiler icon, I probably wouldn't have seen it at all. While, yes, in a very vague and general way the two gentlemen above are certainly correct, that's really not what Phantom Thread is about at all, at least from my perspective. It's just an amazing wonderful film on every level, and everyone should see it, and I think the less one knows, the better their experience of the film will be, because at least for me, it took me to places I had no expectations of going. Every time I see it, it's a completely different experience and seems like a completely different film. There's so much in it, and so many reasons to go.
I hope you'll like it. Though I have the 4k, I don't have a set-up yet, so I watched it in Blu, which is lovely. Seeing the thing in 70mm was really awesome, as this is a stunningly lit film, and watching the light interact with the grain was kind of a religious experience for me. The story is told through the way he uses light, so the grain is really very important to the themes and story of the film at large. The light changes, or is directed in a different way, and as a viewer you realize something about the characters and the situation they are in they haven't figured out yet.Thanks for your comments. I had been undecided about this film but will now get the 4k disc.
I have to agree with both of you. I hadn't made all the connections that Mark did, but they are totally valid.
Reynolds is completely aware of what Alma is doing to/for him. He wants her to do it. In fact, he loves her for doing it.
We may look it this as completely twisted - I mean, she's POISONING HIM!!!! - but as my friend repeated to me recently, "Hey, that's their game. It works for them."
My ultimate reaction was to throw up my hands - I figured these people deserve each other for better or worse. At least Cyril doesn't have to deal with him on her own, right?