One of the best reviewed films of the year and winner of the coveted Best Screenplay and Queer Palm awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is an intimate and deeply affecting period drama about freedom, love and desire.
Marianne is a young painter in 18th-Century France, commissioned to do a wedding portrait of Héloïse without her knowing. Marianne disguises herself as her companion to get closer to her subject – observing by day and secretly painting at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom. The portrait soon becomes a collaborative act and a testament to their love.
★★★★★ "a superbly elegant, enigmatic drama" - GUARDIAN
★★★★★ "A masterpiece, pure and simple" - HEYUGUYS
★★★★★ "will set your world alight" - UK METRO
★★★★½ "carries an emotional charge that is potent in its intensity" - DAVID STRATTON
★★★★½ "a timeless work of art...transfixing" - ROLLING STONE
★★★★ "Not since Jane Campion’s The Piano has a costume drama presented such a gorgeous view of love from a woman’s point of view" - CINEVUE
Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luana Bajrami, Valeria Golino
Director: Céline Sciamma
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