Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

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.

Cast

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

Atom User Reviews

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Verified Review
#lovestory
#mustsee
#beautiful
#greatcast
#allthefeels
#<3
#seeingitagain
#original
#smart

I didn't see a movie, I saw a work of art. highly recommended.

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Eric D
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#lovestory
#mustsee
#seeingitagain
#great
#inspiring
#original
#indiehit

lesbians? yes mmm very good

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Isiah M

Metacritic

89
Feb 19, 2020

What the film excels at, however, is the anticipatory desire. It builds slowly, concluding with a stunning sequence that is all breathless remembrance and self-satisfaction that is both wordless and impalpable. The film will seem the height of romantic desire to some, but will be a slow burn for others.

Metacritic review by Marjorie Baumgarten
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
88
Dec 5, 2019

A film in which everything feels stunningly fresh, raw and new.

Jocelyn Noveck
The Associated Press