After taking a week off (mostly because I didn't have a chance to rewatch 9 to 5), I'm back with my entry for Hit Me With Your Best Shot! This week we talk about Jane Campion's devastatingly romantic Bright Star. Asking me to chose my favorite single shot from this film is like my Sophie's Choice. I mean, this film is achingly beautiful and boasts so many stunning shots. I even wrote an ode to the film's beauty back in 2014. So, in trying to focus on one shot, I decided to go with my gut and here it is:
I know that this isn't the most dynamic or visually flashy shot, and the film is filled with them (curtains, butterflies, flowers), but for me, Bright Star is all about the subtle touches of skin, the hands, and these moments crawled all over my skin, filling me with this warmth, this sensual exhale. This film is the perfect definition of romance, and it is in all of those soft moments that the film fills the screen with feeling and emotion. It's so powerful, so intricate, so detailed and completely consuming. When his hand slowly covers hers, my heart beats a little faster, my skin feels a little tighter, my chest heaves a little higher and I exhale deeply.
I'm in love.