Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)

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A singularly rich period piece, Portrait of a Lady on Fire finds stirring, thought-provoking drama within a powerfully acted romance.

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France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse's first moments of freedom. Héloïse's portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.

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  • This is not just a film about love between women, but a rumination on the sacredness of a feminine space and the nature of art created by and for women.

    Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Like a rocky shore at dusk or the bloom of first love, it's something that needs to be experienced rather than described.

    Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

    Oliver Jones

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  • In a film told with sweeping visual scope, Sciamma plunges the viewer into a story and setting of the deepest intimacy.

    Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Sciamma's gift to 2019 sets a highest standard for any romance that will come after it.

    Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire is that rare movie in which every choice feels thought through, meaningful, and right, from the costumes by Dorothée Guiraud to the cinematography by Claire Mathon.

    Dec 2, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

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  • It couldn't be fresher if it were mixed on a palette in front of us, and the intensity with which, in the second half, the two women look themselves into love, as it were, is fleshly, funny, and sublimely untheoretical.

    Nov 29, 2019 | Full Review…

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