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Phantom Thread

Rated R 130 minutes 2018

An icy romance in the Kubrick vein, this drama from Paul Thomas Anderson stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a tyrannical dress designer in 1950s London and Vicky Krieps as the poor waitress he adopts as his muse. Though they eventually marry, their relationship is no love match but a muted power struggle, as deadly as the clash between the oil tycoon (also played by Day-Lewis) and the Christian evangelist in Anderson's There Will Be Blood (2007). Anderson has trouble coaxing this struggle to any sort of emotional climax; its fanciful, symbolic ending is the sort critics will praise for its careful ambiguity even as they overlook its narrative desperation. This is being heralded as Day-Lewis's farewell to the screen, though the most finely etched portrayal comes from Lesley Manville as the designer's hard-bitten production manager.

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Official Site: www.focusfeatures.com/phantom-thread

Director: Paul Anderson

Producer: JoAnne Sellar, Paul Anderson, Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi, Adam Somner, Peter Heslop and Chelsea Barnard

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville, Camilla Rutherford, Gina McKee, Brian Gleeson, Harriet Sansom Harris, Lujza Richter, Julia Davis and Jane Perry

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