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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (original title)
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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.

Director:

Céline Sciamma

Writer:

Céline Sciamma
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Cast overview:
Noémie Merlant ... Marianne
Adèle Haenel ... Héloïse
Luàna Bajrami ... Sophie
Valeria Golino ... La Comtesse
Christel Baras Christel Baras ... La faiseuse d'ange
Armande Boulanger ... L'élève atelier
Guy Delamarche Guy Delamarche ... L'homme salon
Clément Bouyssou Clément Bouyssou ... Le batelier
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Storyline

In 18th century France a young painter, Marianne, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse without her knowing. Therefore, Marianne must observe her model by day to paint her portrait at night. Day by day, the two women become closer as they share Héloïse's last moments of freedom before the impending wedding.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Céline Sciamma and Adèle Haenel are ex-lovers. They split amicably prior to filming. See more »

Goofs

In the initial scene, Marianne jumps into the water when a wooden crate goes overboard. Later on, once on land, she is shown to be soaking wet and the contents of the crate are wet as well. However, the crate itself is dry. See more »

Quotes

Marianne: You're saying nothing?
Héloïse: Is that me?
Marianne: Yes.
Héloïse: Is that how you see me?
Marianne: It's not only me.
Héloïse: What do you mean, not only you?
Marianne: There are rules, conventions, ideas.
Héloïse: You mean there's no life? No presence?
Marianne: Your presence is made up of fleeting moments that may lack truth.
Héloïse: Not everything is fleeting. Some feelings are deep. The fact it isn't close to me, that I can understand. But I find it sad it isn't close to you.
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Connections

References Vertigo (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto No. 2 for violin in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, L'Estate
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler (director/violin)
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Every frame a painting
6 April 2020 | by sarthak889See all my reviews

This film's cinematography is beyond perfect. Every scene appears as though it was taken out of a masterpiece painting. The only other work I recall even close to its visual poetry is Barry Lyndon.

Every actor, especially the two leads, have done their job amazingly. Watch it if you haven't. This movie is art at its finest.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

14 February 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Portrait of a Lady on Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

Bretagne, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,344, 8 December 2019

Gross USA:

$3,759,854

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,921,185
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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