"Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is commissioned by a countess (Valeria Golino) to paint a portrait of her daughter Héloïse (Adèle Haenel). A complicated matter, because Héloïse is not very enthusiastic about the idea of staging herself and thus indirectly refuses a planned wedding - because the painting is intended for her future husband. Determined and determined, however, Marianne paints in secret and via detours in order to deliver the painting as faithfully as possible. The two women examine each other, look at each other, discover each other. A walk, indiscretions, secrets, a secret romance: love is at its height."
Sven Papaux, cineman.ch, 10/22/2019
"Portrait of a young woman in flamesis a historical drama, but a utopian one in spirit. Sciamma goes back in time to explore the future. In doing so, she succeeds in making a costume film that looks miraculously timeless. (...). The women are temporary lovers, physically lost, sensually not. The look Marianne sends to Héloïse at the end still has inflaming, spellbinding power even years later. They sit far away from each other in a powerhouse of emotions, the Milan Opera. It's a rapturous cinematic moment set to Vivaldi'sFour Seasons. One can hardly help but cry and, like Héloïse's face, laugh at the same time. "
Ursula March, Die Zeit, 10/29/2019
Contributors and additional information:
119 min. color. DCP. F/d
Director: Céline Sciamma
Screenplay: Céline Sciamma
Cinematography: Claire Mathon
Editing: Julien Lacheray
Music: Jean-Baptiste de Laubier, Arthur Simonini
With: Adèle Haenel, Noémie Merlant, Valeria Golino, Luàna Bajrami
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