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Year: 2019
Original Title: Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
Length: 121 minutes
Genre: History, Drama, Romance
Studios: Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)
Distributor: Curzon Distribution Corp.
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Release Dates

United Kingdom: February 28 2020

United States: December 06 2019


Ranking: 1,317 out of 16,089 movies (up 218)


7.3 by 6 users

9.0 by Movie'n'co

9.4 by 6 media


France in the XVIII century, 1770. On an isolated island in Bretagne, the young painter Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse without her knowing. On multiple occasions Héloïse's mother has tried for her to accept the painting, which is supposed to be a gift for her possible future husband to decide if he wants her as his wife or not. But Héloïse, who has just left the convent where she was confined until now, has always refused to be painted for him. Therefore, Marianne must observe her "model" by day, while she pretends to be a lady hired by her mother to keep her company, to paint her portrait at night. Day by day, the two women become closer as they share Héloïse's last moments of freedom before the impending wedding. The film has got great praise from critics and audiences and has been up for several awards, winning even the Best script award at Cannes Film Festival. The movie is written and directed by Céline Sciamma ('Tomboy', 'Bande de filles', 'Naissance des pieuvre'). The cast is formed by Adèle Haenel ('120 battements par minute', 'La fille inconnue'), Noémie Merlant ('Le ciel attendra'), Valeria Golino ('Rain Man', 'Il nome del figlio'), Luàna Bajrami ('L'heure de la sortie' and Cécile Morel, among others.


Premios ganados
Golden GlobesGolden Globes
BAFTA AwardsBAFTA Awards
Goya AwardsGoya Awards


Cast Portrait of a Lady on Fire



Trivia Portrait of a Lady on Fire

This is the third collaboration between Adèle Haenel and Céline Sciamma. 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' was one of the favourites to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. However, the Korean film 'Parasite' ended up taking the prize. There is only a handful of dialogue lines spoken by men along the film.