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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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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.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Céline Sciamma and Adèle Haenel are ex-lovers. They split amicably prior to filming. See more »


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


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 do I ...
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Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
(Bande originale du film)
Para One, Arthur Simonini
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Every frame a painting
6 April 2020 | by sarthak889See all my reviews

This film's cinematography is beyond perfect. Every scene appears as though it was taken out of a masterpiece painting. The only other work I recall even close to its visual poetry is Barry Lyndon.

Every actor, especially the two leads, have done their job amazingly. Watch it if you haven't. This movie is art at its finest.

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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

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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