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The show where real doctors tell you what’s real, what’s not, and what’s maybe possible in your favorite movies and TV shows.

September 18, 2020

BONUS EPISODE: PoaLoF x DW Crossover!


We joined Laurel Hechanova and Audrey Nieh on their show Podcast of a Lady on Fire, which is a cathartic exploration of the filmmaking, themes and community involved in Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, to discuss 18th century French abortions, ineffective butt kicks, and usefully toxic teas.

If you haven't seen this movie yet, we just have four words for you: Lesbian. Period. Romance. Drama.

Once you do see it, be on the lookout for Post-PoaLoF Syndrome. Symptoms include ennui, the profound urge to stare at the ceiling, downloading Duolingo, mild heart pain and shortness of breath, tearfulness, and a sense that you'll never be the same.

Our recommendations: Lie down. Elevate your feet, preferably on an embroidered pillow. A good cup of (non-toxic) tea and a croissant. Watch Portrait on Hulu eleventy billion times, and listen to Podcast of a Lady on Fire to join the awesome community around this film.


  • Deepa: 10 out of 10 twigs out of the paste
  • Jen: 10 out of 10 wobbly step stools


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