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Fire of Love

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Breathtaking volcano docu deals in danger and death.

Movie PG 2022 93 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+

Suspenseful story of scientists who loved volcanos

Beautiful and breathtaking story of two daredevil volcanologists. Some loud and therefore scary scenes of volcanoes erupting. Some scenes of the scientists approaching active volcanoes are very suspenseful. Some short depictions of dead humans and animals who were overcome by volcanic debris. Contains a foreshadowing of the demise of the two volcanic scientists but no scenes containing violence. No sex or suggestions of. No foul language. Presented as a love story of a lifetime between two scientists and their volcanoes.

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age 10+

Beautiful footage of volcanos that come at a great cost

This film begins with promise and has an interesting premise in the first five minutes about the main characters of the film. The narration is a bit wooden, but the use of the original documentary footage filmed by the main characters over the course of 20+ years is stunning. That is the best part of the documentary. The larger philosophical underpinnings of the documentary are interesting but left a bit vague for the audience to interpret as they see fit. All of the volcano imagery can feel a bit repetitive.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Filled with breathtaking footage and making use of skillful editing, tranquil, thoughtful music, and gorgeously poetic narration, this documentary merges science, nature, and romance. The decision to use actor-artist-filmmaker Miranda July to narrate Fire of Love was inspired; her delicate, melancholy, almost whispered line readings lend a sense of the ethereal to the movie, casting the images in an existential light. Again and again, as the movie describes Maurice and Katia's singular focus on their studies, July's voicework and the expert filmmaking help us understand the draw. (The Kraffts were also discussed in Werner Herzog's volcano documentary Into the Inferno.)

The footage, much of it shot by the Kraffts themselves, is glorious, and it's easy to agree with Maurice when he asserts that volcanos are the most beautiful things on earth. And, as July says in her narration, the camera loves these two. Maurice is like a roly-poly Teddy Bear, and Katia gazes at life through her huge spectacles. If Fire of Love has a flaw, it's that there's too much fire and too little love. Director Dosa is limited to archival footage -- the movie makes no secret of the fact that Katia and Maurice are gone -- and much of it features one Krafft or the other, but rarely both. There are only fleeting glimpses of what their personal and romantic relationship must have been like. Even so, the film is moving on a human level, and awesome on a cosmic level.

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