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Daniel Day-Lewis plays Reynolds Wood­cock, a renowned dress de­signer in 1950s Eng­land for whom fash­ion is not just a liv­ing. In­side his fo­cused mind, it is a liv­ing art form that tran­scends mere aes­thetic ex­cel­lence. Wood­cock’s ob­ses­sion has come at the ex­pense of form­ing last­ing re­la­tion­ships with the op­po­site sex. That is un­til he falls un­der the spell of Alma (Vicky Krieps), a self­as­sured young woman not about to set­tle for be­ing any­one’s tem­po­rary muse. The dif­fi­cult ro­mance that fol­lows — and the eerie shift in in­ten­sity it brings to the de­signer’s work — is fil­tered through a cap­ti­vat­ing per­for­mance from Day-Lewis. Writ­ten and di­rected by Paul Thomas An­der­son.

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