Phantom Thread

All silk, organza, lace and tulle in the first half and a bizarre portrayal of marriage in the second half. In this bumpy, bizarre trip through high fashion and passive-aggressive sniping in 1950s London, a high-society dressmaker (Daniel Day-Lewis) inflicts emotional torture on his latest muse (Vicky Krieps) until she finds a disturbing way to make him dependent on her. Director-writer Paul Thomas Anderson may be trying to make a statement about necessary sacrifices to make the man-woman dynamic function properly, but despite the lush, appealing visuals, he's come up with an ugly denouement straight out of a cheap horror film.

Watch out for: Aberrant view of marriage, frequent rough language.

Rated: L, limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; MPAA: R

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