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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (original title)
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Releases February 14, 2020
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 (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Noémie Merlant ... Marianne
Adèle Haenel ... Héloïse
Luàna Bajrami ... Sophie
Valeria Golino ... La Comtesse
Christel Baras Christel Baras ... La faiseuse d'anges
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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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:

$118,603

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,910,572
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the festival scene the women sing 'non possunt fugere' continuously: it's Latin for 'they cannot escape'. The same chant can be heard over the closing credits. See more »

Quotes

La Comtesse: You've made me laugh. It's ages since that happened.
Marianne: I didn't do anything.
La Comtesse: You're here. It takes two to be funny.
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Featured in 2020 Golden Globe Awards (2020) See more »

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Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
(Bande originale du film)
Para One, Arthur Simonini
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Transforms your eyes into painter's eyes
7 January 2020 | by zephanierSee all my reviews

In the beginning the protagonists describes how to paint a portrait; what to stay attentive to, the small details in a person, their contours, stance e.t.c. And with an amazing script/screenplay and cinematography you begin to pay attention to smaller things in great detail. Things that the director Céline Sciamma uses to it's max potential. With long still shots and and long close ups.

After the change of perspective the audience is more indulged in not only the plot but the story of each characters emotion, you're indulged in a relation and connection that transcends from the screen to you.

As I will not spoil this fantastic film I will not dive further into its amazing script and amazing use of a greek mythology story, do be aware of the nudity and to be struck with awe at the end.


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