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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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

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Image from Portrait of a Lady on Fire

France 2019
Dir Céline Sciamma
With Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
English subtitles
Certificate 15

In 18th-century France, artist Marianne (Merlant) is commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Héloïse (Haenel) so it can be sent to a suitor. However, her subject neither wants to be married nor painted, so Marianne must stealthily capture Héloïse's likeness while pretending to be her walking companion. Sciamma's film, a big hit at 2019's BFI London Film Festival, is a beautifully observed romance that burns with passion and defiance.

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