“Phantom Thread” (Focus)

Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps star in a scene from the movie"Phantom Thread." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service

All silk, organza, lace and tulle in the first half and a bizarre portrayal of marriage in the second half. In this bumpy, bizarre trip through high fashion and passive-aggressive sniping in 1950s London, a high-society dressmaker (Daniel Day-Lewis) inflicts emotional torture on his latest muse (Vicky Krieps) until she finds a disturbing way to make him dependent on her.

Director-writer Paul Thomas Anderson may be trying to make a statement about necessary sacrifices to make the man-woman dynamic function properly, but despite the lush, appealing visuals, he’s come up with an ugly denouement straight out of a cheap horror film.

Aberrant view of marriage, frequent rough language. Catholic News Service classification, L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. Motion Picture Association of America rating, R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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