Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★★

Portrait of a Lady on Fire by Céline Sciamma is a mental memoirs of Marianne, a painter of when she was commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse(an aristocratic lady), a young woman who has just left the convent(Set in France in the late 18th century)

Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She has to observes her by day, to paint her secretly with a maid as her confidant..And what follows is the story.

Céline Sciamma crafts an experience that is insightful, well-thought, and intelligently presented about the power of the gaze with Noémie Merlant(Marianne ) & Adèle Haenel (Héloïse) scintillating relationship in fore front with Luàna Bajrami(Sophie(maid)) as the confidant.

This film is filled with silences during which the characters look at each other, they truly look, as if the study prior to painting transcends into reality. At one point it becomes unclear whether Marianne is observing Héloïse because she has to or because she wants to. We see it all happen : slowly at first, and then without restraint

Their love is left untamed and vainly restrained, and it soon begins to burn and crackle, and when it finally bursts out, it leaves no one unscathed : the result is a beautiful yet powerful

This movie reminded me of the basic principles of cinema, of what differentiates it from mere entertainment and makes it art. It makes everything simple and immensely dense all at once.

There is more meaning in the simple expressions and glances of the actresses than some movies can ever achieve with dialogues . Truly a work of art that should be watched by everyone A TRUE CINEMATIC MASTERPIECE .

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