Rent Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2020)

3.9 of 5 from 526 ratings
1h 58min
Rent Portrait of a Lady on Fire (aka Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Painter Marianne (Noemie Merlant) is commissioned by an affluent countess to paint the wedding portrait of her sheltered but headstrong daughter Héloïse (Adele Haenel). While posing as her hired companion, Marianne is instructed to complete the portrait in secret, observing Héloïse by day and painting her by night. However, as the two women grow closer, their intimacy and attraction begins to blossom, paving the way for a simmering, star-crossed romance.
Actors:
, , , , , , , Clément Bouyssou, ,
Directors:
Producers:
Bénédicte Couvreur
Writers:
Céline Sciamma
Others:
Bénédicte Couvreur
Aka:
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
Studio:
Curzon / Artificial Eye
Genres:
Drama, Lesbian & Gay, Romance
Countries:
France
Awards:

2019 Cannes Best Screen Play

BBFC:
Release Date:
08/06/2020
Run Time:
118 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Director and Cast
  • Interview with Helene Delmaire
  • "Paintings" Featurette
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/06/2020
Run Time:
122 minutes
Languages:
French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary with director and cast interview with Helene Delmaire
  • "Paintings" Featurette
  • Trailer

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Reviews (9) of Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Wonderful, captivating film - Portrait of a Lady on Fire review by GC

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17/07/2020

This was a lovely film that really made us reflect on its content long after the final credits. Tremendous acting from all involved and yet again, fine directing by Céline Sciamma, and the costuming, the lighting and the sets were so well created. And the movie touched on storyline elements that would have been completely taboo at the time, nay even fifty years ago.

6 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

Great acting, beautiful photography - Portrait of a Lady on Fire review by PB

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09/10/2020

Very atmospheric french film with great actresses and beautiful cinematography. Memorable film, think arthouse. Great attention to detail with interesting costumes and stunning locations. Not one for those who like plenty of action in their films, this is a slow-burn love affair between the two main characters.

6 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

Beautifully constructed love story - Portrait of a Lady on Fire review by TE

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09/10/2020

A truly absorbing film. The story is carefully paced and builds to an intense final section.

The director, Celine Sciamma, is very interested in the concept of the 'gaze' and much of her work is devoted to giving space and weight to the female gaze. Using a woman portrait artist as a co-lead character is perfect for this purpose.

There is a real spark between the two female leads, and the main narrative is enhanced by the character of the housemaid.

The interior scenes are stark and unfussy, which foregrounds the physical presence of the women. The exterior scenes are often very beautiful and wild.

6 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

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