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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

2019, drama, love

120 minutes

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

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9.2

based on 13 critics

Age

12+

Country

France

Language

French, Italian

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10

2019-12-23

In its honesty, intimacy, and artistic expression, this film is the nearest thing to cinematic art in years. Read more

9.0

2020-03-04

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is breathtakingly gorgeous. But, like Heloise’s portrait in the film, that’s not enough to make it a masterpiece. It’s the authenticity to the intimacy—perhaps partly born of the fact that Haenel and Sciamma are a real life couple—that’s inescapable, and it drives the piece. Read more

9.0

2019-12-23

This is an incredibly passionate, moving portrayal of first love... Read more

8.0

2020-01-16

The painter’s recollection may be bittersweet, but for us is unforgettable such is the magnetic emotional resonance of Merlant and Haenel’s performances. They are extraordinary actresses. Read more

8.0

2019-11-22

The structure of Portrait of a Lady on Fire reflects that of many relationships. It begins with intrigue, leads to infatuation, followed by sated sensual desires, but thankfully this dalliance is cut short before it has time to grow stale. Read more

8.0

2019-05-25

Young female painter is commissioned to create the wedding portrait of Heloise without her realising it, in exquisite romance meditating on subtle male oppression. Read more

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