Portrait of a Lady on Fire

  • 2019
  • France
  • Directed by: Céline Sciamma
  • Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adele Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino
  • Language: French

Héloïse (Haenel) and Marianne (Merlant) are lovers in 18th century Brittany, who negotiate their romance after La Comtesse (Golino) leaves them with the maid Sophie (Bajrami). Scintillating, slow-burn period drama with affection and a sharp edge, gracefully handling the women’s flirtation and passion and beautifully depicting the bond between the three women.

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

20 May 20195 stars

Cannes 2019: Women are front and centre of this scintillating and sensual period piece from Céline Sciamma

Céline Sciamma follows the gorgeous Girlhood with a queer period drama set in 18th century Brittany that portrays a scintillating slow-burn romance between two women in a time when their lives were determined by social standing and marriage. The film…

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