Narrated by the incredible Miranda July, Sara Dosa’s documentary Fire of Love is an ode to the daring French volcanologist couple, Katia and Maurice Krafft, who spent their lives chasing volcanic eruptions around the world. 

This documentary consists of archival footage found from the Krafft’s own collection after their untimely death, giving us a glimpse into the multitude of natural wonders they observed–and what an honour it is to behold. It’s clear when viewing their footage alone how much they admired the ferocious beauty of volcanoes. You simply cannot capture sights such as these with this much tenderness unless you are truly in love, and it’s enthralling to see their adoration translated on screen through stunning visuals and strong storytelling from Dosa.

It is apropos for there to be missing pieces from the Krafft’s narrative, much like there is no way to solve the mysteries of nature. Most of the volcanoes shown were here before us and most will still stand long after we die. Described in the documentary as, “something beyond human understanding,” it’s freeing to stare into the face of an indifferent beast, in awe of its raw power in order to find hope in something greater than ourselves. And with each clip, we understand Katia and Maurice’s yearning to embark on these great adventures despite the destruction that volcanoes can exact.

Fire of Love interweaves the story of their romance with these eruptions, showing them in a relationship with volcanoes as much as each other. What an extraordinary life they led; and though they were no longer satisfied with the mundane existence of their fellow man, their lives’ work saved so many others.



NARRATOR: Miranda July


SYNOPSIS: A celebration of Katia and Maurice Krafft’s love for one another and for volcanoes.