On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.
It is hard to imagine a modern period drama that finds such a balance of the past and the present without compromising either era. This is a love story that will age as gracefully as Marianne's portraits.| Read in full: Portrait of a Lady on Fire movie review We Love Cinema
Céline Sciamma has brought a superbly elegant, enigmatic drama to Cannes that compels a shiver of aesthetic pleasure and fear.The Guardian
Sciamma has achieved something immense with Portrait of a Lady on Fire. It’s a film that shakes the dust off of the fusty period drama and unearths the forgotten lives of women.Little White Lies
There are some films so exquisite that any attempt to put them into words feels like an act of violence. Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire is just such a film.Sight & Sound
From the arresting first shots to its all-timer of a final shot and a second act choral performance that might even top the Rihanna singalong in Girlhood, Portrait of a Girl on Fire is an unforgettable film that cooks at a low simmer until going incandescent in its closing minutes.IndieWire
The film is a grand leap forward for Sciamma, already one of France’s most exciting emerging directors. For me, it is the most enthralling cinema experience of the year.The Atlantic