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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

A romance from France like no other

Drama, History, Romance

best
THE VERY BEST

8.2

movie

France

French, Italian

Heart-warming, Romantic, Well-acted

2019

Céline Sciamma, Céline Sciamma

Adèle Haenel, Adèle Haenel, Armande Boulanger

120 min

Synopsis

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.

Our Take

8.2
The Staff

This unique romance is set during a time when a man would be sent the painting of the woman he was to marry before the wedding could take place. Héloïse, secluded with her mother and a maid on a remote island, doesn’t approve of her upcoming wedding and refuses to be painted. Her mother sends for a new painter, Marianne, to try to paint her without her noticing. Marianne has to take on this near-impossible task when she starts having feelings for Héloïse. This makes for a riveting romance where Marianne has to choose between her heart and her art while keeping a huge secret from her love interest.

Comments

M
moobees

A truly excellent romance. Brilliantly shot and acted with excellent planting/payoff and character arcs that are believable and satisfying. The last scene is hauntingly beautiful and will stick with me for a while.

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