Portrait of a Lady on Fire
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire Taking the exercise of pictorial creation as a structural element of the staging, Sciamma’s camera adopts the perspective of Marianne, the painter, to gradually reveal the figure of Héloïse, the reluctant model. First the nape, then the hands, little by little the features of the face, the smile.

A process of gestural and physical discovery that will be accompanied by the progressive rapprochement, first empathic and then sentimental, between the two young women. Here is a romantic drama that Sciamma knows how to carry an incendiary love tension, with the protagonists exchanging the functions of observer and observed from their roles of artist and model.

And, meanwhile, both in the heart and in the background of the story, an incisive reflection on the oppression of the female will is outlined. In the foreground, the possibility of banishing the lesbian affair from the territory of the illicit seems like a utopia. In the background, an abortion incident takes shape, starring a young maid, a thorny subplot resolved with hardly a hint of squalor.

Duration: 122 min

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IMDb: 8.1