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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:

$3,080,319
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Céline Sciamma and Adèle Haenel are ex-lovers. See more »

Quotes

Héloïse: When you're observing me, who do you think I'm observing?
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Soundtracks

Concerto No. 2 for violin in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, L'Estate
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
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Review from a Lady on Fire
19 October 2019 | by grab-it-geeSee all my reviews

The ending of this film left me in tears, but the good kind where you simply emote from the pleasure of seeing a work of art.

I had to figure out how to log back into my IMDb account, just to express my humble opinion for a moment.

I had to give it a 10/10 because it filled me with the emotion described above -- the entire movie was pure, honest art. The acting was excellent, as well as the entire direction of the film, visually and otherwise.

The film accomplished what it set out to do --share a love story worth remembering. In this case, a special romance that was expressed in the most succinct and captivating way.

What may have cost this movie a star for others (looking at you, 9/10 people), I do not know. I just know that special feeling only certain movies give me after the first watch and this one had it.


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