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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 (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:

$3,759,854

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,038,758
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Céline Sciamma, the reason why the film features no musical score is to be obsessed with rhythm, to make the music arise elsewhere, in the movements of the bodies and the camera. Especially since the film is mostly made up of sequence shots and therefore with a precise choreography. See more »

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In the second shot, the sky behind the boat captain shows at least two contrails. 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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Featured in 2020 Golden Globe Awards (2020) 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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A feast for the eyes
17 October 2019 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

The acting by the two principle actresses in this movie is first-rate. The direction, though it moves slowly, is very good.

But what made this movie remarkable for me was the cinematography. The most striking scenes feature the blonde character walking along the shore against a relatively light-blue sea. You have to see it to experience how beautiful those scenes are.

But some of the interior scenes have face lighting that will make you think of Rembrandt. (The movie is about a painter, so it's not surprising that the lighting of faces should be very important.)

There are other scenes where you have one deep red dress against a white background, again to very striking effect.

I just saw this movie in France, so with neither dubbing nor subtitles. I don't know how it will work with either of them.

But if you can understand the language - which is very clear, very classic standard French with little background noise behind it - you will discover a remarkable study of two women photographed in a truly astounding manner.


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