Fire of love

Fire of Love Poster
Fire of Love Poster

I've finally seen Fire of Love! I've been looking forward to this documentary ever since I read Peter Bradshaw's review in the Guardian, but I couldn't get to see it when it was screened at GFT, the independent (or hipster) cinema in Glasgow. It's now available on Disney+ and I highly recommend it! The documentary is about the lives of Maurice and Katia Krafft, the French volcanologists who lost their lives in the explosion of Mount Unzen in 1991, and in its 100 minutes tells us how Maurice and Katia fell in love with volcanoes as children, how they fell in love with each other in the heat of May '68, and how they fell in love with being as close as possible to the eruptions. I liked the fact that the documentary is almost entirely made up of the personal archives of the protagonists, and because it is the footage they took to document their research, it is full of spectacular and also personal sequences. There are rivers of lava and volcanoes bubbling just a few metres away. There are explosions and pyroclastic showers. But there are also many personal moments in which we can see the couple's humour and how much they loved each other, like when Maurice appears and throws a huge rock at his wife's head to test the handmade helmet they made, or when we see them climbing freshly solidified lava hand in hand while the narrator tells us that they always explore volcanoes together because if an accident were to happen, she couldn't bear to outlive her husband. I found the seventies style that director Sara Dosa gave to the documentary to be spectacular. Not only because of the archival footage (I am still fascinated by the way her photographic films capture the red colour of the glowing lava), but also because of the sound, the music, the typography and the very careful editing. In short, Fire of Love is an emotional and spectacular documentary that takes us inside the love story of Maurice and Katia Krafft and their passion for volcanoes. If you like nature and a good story, I highly recommend you give it a chance. I am sure you won't be disappointed.

Maurice and Katia Krafft
Maurice and Katia Krafft
Published on 8 January 2023