Set in the glamour of 1950's post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the centre of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames.
Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.
Paul Thomas Anderson (‘There Will Be Blood’ - also with Day-Lewis) paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. There is such pure delicious pleasure in this film, in its strangeness, its vehemence, its flourishes of absurdity, carried off with superb elegance. Could this really be Day-Lewis’ final film (as he has promised)? We hope not!
BAFTAs: 4: Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis); Music (Jonny Greenwood); Supporting Actress (Lesley Manville); Costume Design.
Oscars: 6: Film; Director (Paul Thomas Anderson); Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis); Score (Jonny Greenwood); Supporting Actress (Lesley Manville); Costume Design.
Golden Globes: 2: Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis); Score (Jonny Greenwood).