Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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  • R
  • Genre(s): Drama Romance
  • Release year: 2019
  • Running time: 122 min
Passion brews quietly between an artist and her subject, until they together create a space in which it can briefly flourish, in this sumptuous eighteenth-century romance from Céline Sciamma, one of contemporary French cinema’s most acclaimed auteurs. read more
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Passion brews quietly between an artist and her subject, until they together create a space in which it can briefly flourish, in this sumptuous eighteenth-century romance from Céline Sciamma, one of contemporary French cinema’s most acclaimed auteurs. Summoned to an isolated seaside estate on a secret assignment, Marianne (Noémie Merlant) must find a way to paint a wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), who is resisting chattel marriage, by furtively observing her. What unfolds in exquisite tension is an exchange of sustained gazes in which the two women come to know each other’s gestures, expressions, and bodies with rapturous intimacy, ultimately forging a subversive creative collaboration as well as a delirious romance. Charged with a yearning that almost transcends time and space, Portrait of a Lady on Fire mines the emotional and artistic possibilities that emerge when women can freely live together and look at one another in a world without men.

Original Release

06/17/2019

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Cast

Valeria Golino La Comtesse
Adele Haenel Héloïse
Noemie Merlant Marianne
Luàna Bajrami Sophie
Armande Boulanger L'élève atelier
Christel Baras La faiseuse d'anges / La faiseuse d'ange
Guy Delamarche L'homme salon
Clément Bouyssou Le batelier / La batelier
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Directors

Celine Sciamma

Cast

Valeria Golino La Comtesse
Adele Haenel Héloïse
Noemie Merlant Marianne
Luàna Bajrami Sophie
Armande Boulanger L'élève atelier
Christel Baras La faiseuse d'anges / La faiseuse d'ange
Guy Delamarche L'homme salon
Clément Bouyssou Le batelier / La batelier

Producers

Editors

Julien Lacheray

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