FIRE OF LOVE (SXSW 2022)- Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Songs call love a burning thing, and for French scientists and spouses Katia and Maurice Krafft, that love burned white-hot over decades of exploring volcanoes. They trekked across cooling masses of lava, camped next to eruptions, and inched as close to the heat as possible. The two died on June 3, 1991, during the eruption of Japan’s Mount Unzen, caught in a huge, fast-moving cloud of volcanic matter and gases called a pyroclastic flow. The eruption killed 43 people to whom director Sara Dosa dedicated this film. The last known shot of the Kraffts shows them in red and yellow rain slickers, tiny against the mountain’s grandeur.

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