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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020)

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Critic Consensus: A singularly rich period piece, Portrait of a Lady on Fire finds stirring, thought-provoking drama within a powerfully acted romance.

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France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse's first moments of freedom. Héloïse's portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.

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Even without showing men onscreen, Sciamma depicts the myriad ways in which the patriarchy constricts the lives of her female protagonists.

March 6, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a slow burn, sure, but the embers are remarkable.

March 5, 2020 | Full Review…

It could have been claustrophobic but the central story is so passionately involving you don't want to look elsewhere at all.

March 4, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This is a film about looking, female looking specifically.

March 2, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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It's an all-in effort, and Sciamma has created something of a masterwork. It's a deeply layered story - a brush-up on the story of Orpheus and Eurydice wouldn't hurt - with themes that transcend era and setting. This girl is on fire.

March 1, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Sciamma conjures the past with such clarity you clean forget the modern world and the crew crouched in fleeces and headphones just out of shot. Such, done right, is the magic of cinema.

February 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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