Packed with jaw-dropping imagery of scientific exploration, Fire of Love is the steamiest new rom-com for date night. This documentary, made up of archival footage, follows the lives of Katia and Maurice Krafft, two French volcanologists who continuously risked their lives to study active volcanoes. The beautiful film footage of Sara Dosa’s documentary shows them getting with metres of red hot lava flows, and standing in front of terrifying explosions. It’s quite the sight to behold, and the theatre was actively gasp and shuddering with the tremendous bravery of the two scientists.
The documentary is not deeply focused on the scientific knowledge that Katia and Maurice built, and doesn’t engage really closely with their work—instead it attempts to understand how this couple lived with the allure and fear of volcanoes, and unpacks what drove them to such extraordinary heights. It’s more of an exploration of their psychologies and philosophies. By the time the film ends, you’ll also be in love with their incredible character. While it’s, of course, a deeply awe-inspiring film, it’s also funny and exciting and sad and nerve-wracking. This emotional rollercoaster will burn frames into your brain, and leave you wondering about how to incorporate more awe into your own life.
Two volcanologists fall in love… they say it gets “explosive.”