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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.

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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:

$614,248

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,153,499
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The literal translation of the original title is, "Portrait of the Young Girl on Fire." One suspects that "the Young Girl" was changed to "a Lady" for the English title of the film in order to evoke the Henry James novel, "The Portrait of a Lady." See more »

Quotes

Marianne: I can't make you smile. I feel I do it and then it vanishes.
Héloïse: Anger always comes to the fore.
Marianne: Definitely with you. I didn't mean to hurt you.
Héloïse: You haven't hurt me.
Marianne: I have, I can tell. When you're moved, you do this with your hand.
Héloïse: Really?
Marianne: Yes. And when you're embarrassed, you bite your lips. And when you're annoyed, you don't blink.
Héloïse: You know it all.
Marianne: Forgive me, I'd hate to be in your place.
Héloïse: We're in the same place. Exactly the same place. Come here. Come. Step closer. Look. If you look at me, who...
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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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Beautiful movie
19 January 2020 | by rasn1995See all my reviews

For starters, I can't possibly understand the lack of Oscar nominations for this movie. One of the best movies of the year, not only foreign. The acting is superb and would put Merlant (or even Haenel) instead of Charlize Theron for example. The cinematography is breathtaking, the shots are long and so beautiful put. It's such a smooth transition between the characters and the plot with such attention to detail. Really gorgeous and it locks your eyes on screen and the end... jesus christ, emotions running high. Really recommend it!


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