My cousin recently recommended this Fire Of Love to me, telling me it was “the most beautiful documentary I have ever seen.” It did not disappoint.. The documentary’s visuals are one of the most spectacular ones I’ve ever seen, besides it being a beautiful story of passion and the phenomenal force of nature.
“Fire of Love” is a documentary that delves into the extraordinary lives of Katia and Maurice Krafft, a married couple who were renowned volcanologist-filmmakers. The film captures their adventurous exploration and photography of active volcanoes from the late 1960s. Despite the inherent dangers in their field, the Kraffts were deeply passionate about their work, with Maurice expressing a willingness to face the risks, stating, “It will kill me one day, but that doesn’t bother me at all.”
Directed by Sara Dosa and narrated by Miranda July, the documentary not only presents the facts of the Kraffts’ lives but also creates a cinematic experience that goes beyond conventional storytelling. The film weaves a narrative around the couple’s love, passion, obsession, and commitment, using their captivating imagery as metaphors for these themes. It explores the Kraffts’ eccentric charisma and romantic mystique, positioning them as “traveling performer volcanologists” in the tradition of naturalist filmmakers like Jacques Cousteau.