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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

M Drama

Synopsis

French language with English subtitles.

WINNER OF THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL BEST SCREENPLAY & THE QUEER PALM 2019.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (French: Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) is a 2019 French historical drama film directed by Céline Sciamma. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The film won the Queer Palm at Cannes, becoming the first film directed by a woman to win the award. Sciamma also won the award for Best Screenplay at Cannes.

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. Winner of a coveted Cannes prize and one of the best reviewed films of the year, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE solidifies Céline Sciamma as one of the most exciting filmmakers working in the world today. Noémie and Adèle Haenel turn the subtle act of looking into a dangerous, engrossing thrill, crafting the most breathtaking and elegant performances of the year. To watch Marianne and Héloïse fall in love is to see love itself invented onscreen. With contemporary themes in period dress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is one of the greatest love stories ever told

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/may/20/portrait-of-a-lady-on-fire-review-celine-sciamma

https://www.indiewire.com/2019/05/portrait-of-a-lady-on-fire-review-celinne-sciamma-cannes-1202142837/

https://www.mirror.co.uk/film/portrait-lady-fire-review-a-20263779

https://www.vulture.com/2019/09/tiff-is-falling-hard-for-portrait-of-a-lady-on-fire.html

Running Time 1hr 59m
Rating M | Mature themes and nudity
Cast Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino
Director Celine Sciamma

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