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Fire of Love

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Canada, United States · 2022
1h 33m
Director Sara Dosa
Starring Miranda July
Genre Documentary

Katia and Maurice Krafft loved two things: each other, and volcanoes. For two decades, the daring French volcanologist couple roamed the planet, chasing eruptions and their aftermath, documenting their discoveries in stunning photographs and breathtaking film that will forever enrich our knowledge of the natural world.

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The Hollywood Reporter by Dan Fienberg

Accompanied by a dreamy soundtrack and philosophically flowery narration by Miranda July, it’s a doomed love story on every level, a gorgeous collage of a film in which romance, scientific inquiry and death do a 93-minute dance.

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Time Out by Dave Calhoun

This film is about wonder, not balance, and it turns us delirious in the white heat of this pair’s chaotic, unflinching passion.

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The Film Stage by Jordan Raup

The documentary shows the Kraffts’ harmonious curiosity with nature––even its most cataclysmic forces––to make the world a safer place is a lesson anyone could benefit from.

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Entertainment Weekly by Joshua Rothkopf

The romance of the documentary emerges out of its deep, unfaked appreciation for nature: long, uninterrupted stretches where these self-described "weirdos" go off on their own to explore alien worlds like astronauts in their protective gear.

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Variety by Owen Gleiberman

Fire of Love, which has been directed by Sara Dosa with a discursive, let’s-try-it-on lyricism, is like one of Werner Herzog’s documentaries about fearless outliers, only this one is touched with romance.

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Film Threat by Rob Rector

Dosa gives shape to the Kraffts’ relationship, not through traditional talking-head interviews, but rather by allowing audiences in on the couple’s subtle interactions with one another in their footage, allowing the story of their life together to be told predominantly by them.

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IndieWire by Ryan Lattanzio

At an economical 90-minute running time, Fire of Love packs a visual and emotional wallop, with enough close-ups on erupting volcanoes — one, at a point, is called “a bathtub with a hole in it, sowing death all around” — to leave you slack-jawed, terrified, and awe-inspired.

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Screen Daily by Tim Grierson

The Seer And The Unseen director Sara Dosa has fashioned this documentary with modesty and sensitivity, in some ways as awed by the strange beauty and destructive power of the volcanos as she is by the nonchalant willingness of the Kraffts to put themselves at risk in the name of science.

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