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
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Cast

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
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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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The paintings by Marianne were all created by painter Hélène Delmaire, whom Noémie Merlant worked closely with to inform her character's perspectives and sight lines when painting. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Héloïse: It's a life that has advantages. There's a library. You can sing or hear music. And equality is a pleasant feeling.
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Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
(Bande originale du film)
Para One, Arthur Simonini
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13 February 2020 | by calivseySee all my reviews

Beautifully acted and technically sharp, Portrait of a Lady on Fire presents a tragic love story that feels familiar yet wholly original. The length can feel excessive, but by the time the credits roll you will be hard-pressed to find a single moment that felt wasted.


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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:

$10,043,341
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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