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

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April 14, 2021
In a film filled with arresting images, none is better than its final shot. Haunting and raw.
February 24, 2021
Through this acceptance of women's flaws, the most important message of the film becomes judgement is faulty, fleeting, and unsustainable, while love, even neglected and unfed, lives on for a lifetime.
February 21, 2021
Few of us have figured out how to upend over a century of defining and reinforcing what cinema is. Sciamma did it.
February 17, 2021
Portrait of a Lady on Fire is set 260 years in the past, but the sentiments of its story are extremely modern. It's also as great, if not better, than any movie with a male focus, and continued proof that women's voices deserve to be heard.
February 13, 2021
There is a joyful vivrancy about the film. They fully accept their fate, laid out by period and society. Yet they enjoy their few days together and remember it forever. It's super life affirming and uplifting, rather than sad.
February 1, 2021
With gorgeous cinematography, [and] a beautiful script that shows off the French language at its very best...Céline Sciamma's new film is easily one of the best of the year.
January 28, 2021
It's high art to the highest degree, a movie that is great now, will be great in 50 years, will be great in 150 years.
January 22, 2021
There's almost no single moment in Portrait of a Lady on Fire that couldn't be captured, mounted, and hung on a wall as high art.
January 22, 2021
There are many great acting moments in this film, but you should especially savor the final shot, the long close-up of Haenel in profile. Put simply, it's why we go to the movies.
January 22, 2021
Metaphorical and melancholic, Céline Sciamma's masterpiece is a slow burn period romance that takes its time to draw you in. But once it does, there's no looking back.
January 11, 2021
[Sciamma] frames Marianne and Héloïse's developing relationship with such exquisite skill that almost every detail throbs with meaning and emotion.
January 9, 2021
Both passionate and delicate, Celine Sciamma's breath-stoppingly beautiful period film, set in 18th-century Brittany, centres on a painter...
December 16, 2020
[On a] deeper level, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is about filmmaking itself. Marianne the artist and Héloïse the model are the director and the actor, respectively, for the painting. It's a movie that plays inside of the movie.
September 24, 2020
Both Noemie Merlant and Adele Haenel are flawlessly brilliant as two women who are blissfully in love yet rattled by their love's prolonged conclusion.
September 7, 2020
Céline Sciama condones the almost voyeuristic viewpoint in this type of film and instead has the camera serve as an accomplice to what we see. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 28, 2020
An elegant, endlessly gorgeous piece of film that hits you right in the centre of your heart.
August 25, 2020
The development of the film is hidden under an apparent simplicity, where the tension falls into the deep gaze of their confused protagonists. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 20, 2020
Crackles and dances like the titular flames, as dangerous and unpredictable as it is beautiful and fascinating.
August 17, 2020
French director Céline Sciamma's fourth feature film... ventures into period cinema in a new way, with expressive vigor and meticulous attention to scenographic details. [Full review in Spanish]
August 5, 2020
Even though Sciamma has certain technical skills and a stylish touch, the movie's premise of a manless "utopia" is barren and, frankly, stupid.
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