Phantom Thread (15)



Drama (2017)
130mins US

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Camilla Rutherford, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer(s): Paul Thomas Anderson
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Reynolds Woodcock is the creative dynamo of a luxury fashion house in 1950s London, which regularly welcomes the upper echelons of society. His sister Cyril presides over the seamstresses and also manages her brother's romantic vacillations. During a seaside break between commissions, Reynolds embarks on a whirlwind affair with sweet-natured waitress Alma. Her swift introduction to Reynolds's life in the capital puts her on a collision course with Cyril.

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Phantom Thread (15)

London-born actor Daniel Day-Lewis wears success like an impeccably tailored suit. He is the most feted male performer of any generation in terms of Oscars glory in a leading role with three golden statuettes on the mantelpiece for transformative performances in My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln. Day-Lewis's willingness to suffer for his art and immerse himself in the day-to-day toil of his characters is the stuff of feverishly shared legend. He remained in a wheelchair during filming of My Left Foot, refusing to break character even to feed himself. He endured physical pain in bruising on-screen bouts in The Boxer and denied himself sustenance and sleep to convincingly portray an exhausted Gerry Conlon in In The Name Of The Father...

Phantom Thread. Copyright: 2017 Focus Features, LLC. Caption: Daniel Day-Lewis as Reynolds Woodcock and Vicky Krieps as Alma in Phantom Thread, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Photo: Laurie Sparham. All Rights Reserved.Day-Lewis delivers his final screen performance before self-imposed retirement as a perfectionist dressmaker in Paul Thomas Anderson's artfully stitched drama, which is set in the salons of 1950s London. It is another flawless embodiment of the emotionally crippled male psyche, deliciously complicated by an ambiguous sexuality and a softly-spoken fastidiousness that doesn't extend to personal relationships... except for an uncomfortably close bond to a ferocious, purse-lipped sister, played with scorching intensity by Lesley Manville. They are a formidable double act and you genuinely fear for the sanity of anyone who naively strays into the siblings' tortuous web. The balance of power appears to be weighted in favour of the fairer sex. "Don't pick a fight with me, you certainly won't come out alive," threatens the sister during one contretemps. "I'll go right through you and it'll be you who ends up on the floor. Understood?" Loud and clear.

Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) is the creative dynamo of a luxury fashion house, which regularly welcomes the upper echelons of society including Countess Henrietta Harding (Gina McKee) and Belgian bride-to-be, Princess Mona Braganza (Lujza Richter). His sister Cyril (Manville) presides over the seamstresses and also manages her brother's romantic vacillations, ridding the household of his bothersome companion, Johanna (Camilla Rutherford). During a seaside break between commissions, "confirmed bachelor" Reynolds embarks on a whirlwind affair with sweet-natured waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps). "I feel as if I've been looking for you for a very long time," he coos to his new muse. Alma's swift introduction to Reynolds's life in the capital puts her on a collision course with Cyril and her lover's impossibly demanding nature.

Phantom Thread is a slow-burning study of competing obsessions. "Whatever you do, do it carefully," Alma tells Reynolds during a clifftop stroll and writer-director Anderson heeds his heroine's words, observing his superlative cast in long, unhurried takes as they trade verbal blows. Krieps has the least showy role of the central trio but holds her own against the imperious tag team of Day-Lewis and Manville. Two's toxic company, three's a potentially murderous crowd.

- Kim Hu

Phantom Thread. Copyright: 2017 Focus Features, LLC. Caption: Daniel Day-Lewis as Reynolds Woodcock and Vicky Krieps as Alma in Phantom Thread, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Photo: Laurie Sparham. All Rights Reserved.


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Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 16th February
To Thursday 22nd February

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Birmingham, mac
- Birmingham, The Electric Cinema
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Brighton, Cineworld Brighton
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Watershed
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Chapter
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chichester, Chichester Cinema At New Park
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Coleford, Studio Cinema
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Square Chapel Arts Centre
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hawkhurst, Kino Hawkhurst
- Helston, Flora
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Kingsbridge, Kings Cinema
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Mold, Theatr Clwyd
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Okehampton, Carlton Cinema
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Penrith, Rheged Centre
- Penzance, Savoy
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Prestatyn, Scala Cinema
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Rye, Kino Rye
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Curzon Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Showroom
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stowmarket, Regal Theatre
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Waterford, Waterford Omniplex
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wellington, Wellesley Cinema
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Wolverhampton, Light House
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Vue York
From Friday 23rd February
To Thursday 1st March

- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Buxton, Pavilion Arts Centre
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cardiff, Chapter
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chichester, Chichester Cinema At New Park
- Clonakilty, The Park Cinema
- Coleford, Studio Cinema
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Exeter Phoenix
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Felixstowe, The Felixstowe Palace
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kingsbridge, Kings Cinema
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newbury, Corn Exchange
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Broadway Cinema
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Okehampton, Carlton Cinema
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Penrith, Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema
- Penrith, Rheged Centre
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Sheffield, The Showroom
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Totnes, Dartington Arts Centre
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Woking, Ambassadors Cinema


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