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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait De La Jeune Fille En Feu

This beautifully observed romance, burning with passion and defiance, will have you bewitched.

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France 2019
Dir Céline Sciamma
With Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
122min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate 15
Courtesy of Curzon

In 18th-century France, Marianne (Merlant), a female portrait painter, is commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Héloïse (Haenel) so that it can be sent to a suitor. However, her sullen subject wants to be neither married nor painted, so Marianne is tasked with stealthily capturing Héloïse’s likeness while pretending to be her walking companion. It’s during their daily walks along the coast of Brittany that infatuation blooms... This hypnotic story of forbidden love, a big hit at 2019’s BFI London Film Festival, thoroughly invigorates the female gaze and is magnificently crafted, with each frame like an immaculate painting.

Kimberley Sheehan, Events Programmer

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