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Watch the first trailer for festival breakout Portrait of a Lady on Fire

September 11th, 2019 | by vBollywood Author

This year’s Toronto International Film Festival is listed with all manner of big-name movie stars and high-profile projects along with the best belonging to a new French film. Directed by Céline Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire premiered at Cannes earlier this year, but now even non-festival visitors can enjoy the first trailer.

The film is set in pre-revolutionary France, Portrait of a Lady on Fire stars Noémie Merlant as Marianne, a painter hired by a family in Brittany to create a portrait of their daughter Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) for her suitor in Milan.  Héloïse feels uncomfortable with the engagement and does not intend to sit for a portrait, which means Marianne must paint her without her knowledge. During the mornings she plays as Héloïse’s walking companion, and at night she works on the portrait from memory.

This time together soon ignites a burning desire between Héloïse and Marianne but doomed from the beginning, since they’re collaborating on a painting that could send Héloïse away forever. A hint at the meaning of the movie’s title arrives at the end of the trailer, with Héloïse standing impassively as her dress sets ablaze.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is set to hit theaters December 6. Watch the trailer above.

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