In 18th century France a young painter, Marianne, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse without her knowing. Therefore, Marianne must observe her model by day 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.
There is only a handful of short dialogue lines spoken by men in the film. See more »
Marianne's brushwork is not of the late 18th century; it is a more modern style. See more »
You're saying nothing?
Is that me?
Is that how you see me?
It's not only me.
What do you mean, not only you?
There are rules, conventions, ideas.
You mean there's no life? No presence?
Your presence is made up of fleeting moments that may lack truth.
Not everything is fleeting. Some feelings are deep. The fact it isn't close to me, that I can understand. But I find it sad it isn't close to you.
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Concerto No. 2 for violin in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, L'Estate
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler (director/violin) See more »
Beautifully acted and technically sharp, Portrait of a Lady on Fire presents a tragic love story that feels familiar yet wholly original. The length can feel excessive, but by the time the credits roll you will be hard-pressed to find a single moment that felt wasted.
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