Is The Phantom Thread a Farewell Film From Daniel Day-Lewis?

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1950s British couturier Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is very particular. While this helps him meticulously craft beautiful gowns for his rich important clients, it does not help him tolerate girlfriends. As he declares himself a “confirmed bachelor,” one wonders why he has girlfriends at all until he meets Alma (Vicky Krieps), with whom he shares a complex desire to own and to be owned. The other woman in Reynolds’ life is his sister Cyril (Leslie Mannville), who manages his illustrious business and shields her sensitive brother from distractions. But as Alma and Reynolds tangle, disaster seems to loom for the lovers. Krieps and Mannville are both superb, as is Lewis, who makes what might be his final cinematic performance one worthy of his lauded career. THE WORD: Phantom is a refreshing departure for auteur Paul Thomas Anderson — with fewer characters, more focus and a more personal touch. THE WHERE: Theaters

Last modified: January 5, 2018

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