Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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Movie Info & Cast


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.


  • Noémie Merlant
  • Adèle Haenel
  • Luàna Bajrami
  • Valeria Golino
  • Christel Baras
  • Armande Boulanger
  • Guy Delamarche
  • Clément Bouyssou
  • Michèle Clément
  • Cécile Morel

Did You Know?


  • This is the third collaboration between Adèle Haenel and Céline Sciamma.
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    • Marianne: I didn't know you were an art critic.
    • Héloïse: I didn't know you were a painter.
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Dec 2, 2019

Just like the short time the lovers have together, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is minimal but perfect, without an image, a glance, or a brushstroke to spare.

Metacritic review by Dana Stevens
Dana Stevens
May 19, 2019

Assaying [Sciamma's] first period film, an exquisitely executed love story that's both formally adventurous and emotionally devastating, she sticks the landing like a UCLA gymnast in peak condition. It's so good you'll want to watch again in slow-motion immediately afterwards just to see how she does it.

Metacritic review by Leslie Felperin
Leslie Felperin
The Hollywood Reporter
May 19, 2019

Arthouse audiences will be intrigued to discover how Sciamma has channelled the fluid energy of her contemporary work into the more constrained environment of a costume drama. It won’t hurt that this is a strikingly handsome production which will be admired on a technical level.

Wendy Ide
Screen Daily