Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
To Be Determined
In French w/English subtitles
Golden Globe Nominee—Best Foreign Film.
France, 1770. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride-to-be, and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day, to paint her secretly. Seeing—really seeing—is perhaps the first step in falling in love….
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire is primarily a romance. But it’s also a film about the deeply personal process of creativity—the pain and joy of making one’s emotions and memories into a work of art. For me, it is the most enthralling cinema experience of the year”—David Sims, The Atlantic.
And Sims is not alone: Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a movie that’s a treasure for us all, as witness its 95 Metascore rating of all critics. You’ll echo their hosannas and joy in looking at this wonderful film.
There are many great acting moments in this film, but you should especially savor the final shot, the long close-up of Haenel in profile. Put simply, it’s why we go to the movies. —Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
It also happens to be the best ending of a movie this year and the work of a filmmaker completely attuned to both her craft and the inner lives of her characters. Moreover, the shot is the final act of passion and precision in a film that is teeming with both, a work of art whose flame will continue to smolder in your mind and heart well after you have left the theater. —Oliver Jones, Observer
Portrait of a Lady on Fire — the fire is figurative, but also real — goes beyond painterly beauty. It sees into souls.—Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal