Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Film (France).

France, 1760.

Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent.

Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night.

As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.

The Flicks’ verdict: A singularly rich period piece, Portrait of a Lady on Fire finds stirring, thought-provoking drama within a powerfully acted romance.

R | 2h 1min | Drama, Romance | French with English subtitles