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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019)

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Brittany, France, 1760. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse's first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all.

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It's a great example of how a well-told story, with vivid characters, can seep right into your bones and keep you thinking for days afterward-and the pleasure felt while watching it isn't negligible either.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Far from some stuffy costume drama, it's a deeply stirring romance with a modern soul, and also a forcefully, compassionately feminist one...

May 21, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Not a moment in Portrait of a Lady on Fire is wasted, which suits a story about lovers without a moment to lose.

May 20, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a film that captures the feeling you get from the last scene of "Roman Holiday" and stretches it over a full two hours in which not a single moment is wasted.

May 20, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Sciamma's ravishing celebration of female passion and desire is rooted in mutual sexual awakening but ultimately becomes a story of a much deeper, more spiritual kind of love.

May 20, 2019 | Full Review…

What did it remind me of? De Laclos' Dangerous Liaisons? Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing? I don't know. But what a story of desire.

May 20, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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