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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait de la jeune fille en feu

Directed by Céline Sciamma
France, 2019
Drama, LGBT+, Romance


In late 18th century France, painter Marianne is commissioned by a countess to paint the wedding portrait of her daughter Héloïse. While posing as her hired companion, Marianne is instructed to complete the portrait in secret. However, intimacy and attraction begin to blossom between both women.

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire Directed by Céline Sciamma
Behind the veil of a doomed queer love story, Sciamma adds a masterstroke to the rewriting of art history. Where would a light not ignited by the fire, the anger or the impatience of sexual difference come from? And more importantly, if we followed its trail, where would it lead us?
April 26, 2020
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There are some films so exquisite that any attempt to put them into words feels like an act of violence.
February 26, 2020
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What really sets this movie apart is that by looking for equality between its characters, it leaves a trail of delicately subverted expectations. Part of how it does this is by embracing the unique dynamics that are possible when the two people in love are both women.
February 13, 2020
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