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Portrait of a Lady on Fire Dir. Céline Sciamma

  • France
  • 120 mins
  • 2019
  • Drama
  • Colour
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Main Cast: Adèle Haenel, Noémie Merlant, Luàna Bajrami

France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love. This is a remarkable piece of filmmaking from director Céline Sciamma — an elegant, gripping and highly charged exploration of obsession; and the key roles are enthrallingly played by French duo Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant.