Top Ten Movies of 2022 — Number Ten

In Fire of Love, director Sara Dosa traces the collaborative career of Katia and Maurice Krafft, who gained renown in the nineteen-seventies and nineteen-eighties for their daring pursuit of volcanic eruptions. The married couple exhaustively filmed and photographed their exploits, giving Dosa a wealth of archival footage to draw on for her documentary. She uses it exceptionally well, appropriately marveling at the colossal power of volcanoes at their most fearsomely dangerously, captured with clear adoration by the Kraffts’ cameras. The film doesn’t back away from moments that suggest arrogance or recklessness on the part of the Kraffts while still clearly admiring their commitment to each other and this wild profession they forged. There’s also a spirited playfulness to the the film’s construction, whether in the occasional peaks at the Kraffts’ behind the scenes myth-making or well-deployed doses of their shared rascally sense of humor. Dosa might not have traversed those craggy, lava scored surfaces with her subjects, but she brings her own vivid sense of adventure to Fire of Love.

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