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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.


Céline Sciamma


Céline Sciamma
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Top Rated Movies #243 | Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 49 wins & 151 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ramin Namdar ... Ramin Namdar


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


According to Céline Sciamma, one of the manifestos of the film was to get rid of the idea of a muse, which she considers to be a "nice" word that actually hides the participation of woman in artistry. The muse is typically seen as a silent, fetishized woman who is inspiring just because she is beautiful. And even though for a long time, women's opportunities in art were limited to modeling, she claims that the models were co-creating the art by being one of the brains in the room and helping to guide the artist. Her goal was to portray that and to make a love story and a creation dialogue with equality. See more »


In the a cappella singing scene, the singers' words and clapping do not match the pictures. See more »


Héloïse: When you're observing me, who do you think I'm observing?
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References Titanic (1997) See more »


Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
(Bande originale du film)
Para One, Arthur Simonini
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User Reviews

Beautiful movie
19 January 2020 | by MovieJunkie5See 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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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 »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,344, 8 December 2019

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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