For his last film before retiring from acting, Daniel
Day-Lewis excels in this mesmerising tale of obsession and desire. Joining
forces once more with director Paul Thomas Anderson - after previously working
together on the 2007 film There Will Be Blood - Phantom Thread gently pulls us into
the 1950s and the unrelenting glamour of post-war London. Here we meet Day-Lewis
as Reynolds Woodcock, a renowned fashion designer to the rich and famous, and his
sister and business partner, Cyril.
A ridiculously charismatic and refined individual, Woodcock
finds himself caught under the spell of a young waitress, Alma, who soon
becomes his lover and muse. However, as they get closer, Alma tires of
Woodcock’s increasingly controlling behaviour and the two struggle for power in
a series of unconventional ways…
In Phantom Thread, Anderson has put together a visually
sumptuous and expertly crafted story in which we observe a life - once so meticulous and precise - gradually coming
apart at the seams.