R | | Drama, Romance
Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.
Many of the staff of the Woodcock couture house, as well as other bit parts, are played not by professional actors but by real seamstresses or persons connected with the fashion world. Joan Brown and Sue Clark were retired dressmakers that Paul Thomas Anderson and Mark Bridges met while doing research at the Victoria & Albert Museum's historic clothing archive. Amber Brabant, Geneva Corlett, and Cecile Van Dijk are professional film costumers. Georgia Kemball is a textile designer.
Reynolds has made my dreams come true. And I have given him what he desires most in return.
Dr. Robert Hardy: And what's that?
Alma: Every piece of me.
Dr. Robert Hardy: He's a very demanding man, isn't he? Must be quite a challenge to be with him.
Alma: Yes. Maybe he is the most demanding man.
When Alma takes off her shoes in Woodcock's bedroom, she leaves them by the door. When Cyril enters the room, she steps over the shoes, but when Cyril leaves, the shoes have changed position and Cyril also seems to trip over them.
The title is the very first thing shown in the film following the production company logos. There are no other opening credits.
$21,023,275 (USA) (1 April 2018)
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