France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love. source
At the end of the eighteenth century, Marianne, a young painter, is teaching painting lessons. One of her students asks her about a painting of hers, which Marianne calls Portrait de la jeune fille en feu.
Years previously, Marianne arrives on an isolated island in Brittany. She had been commissioned to paint a portrait of a young woman named Héloïse, who is to be married off to a Milanese nobleman. Marianne is informed that Héloïse has previously refused to pose for portraits, as she does not want to be married; she had been living in a convent before the suicide of her older sister necessitated her return and her betrothal. Marianne acts as Héloïse’s hired companion to be able to paint her in secret, and accompanies her on daily walks to memorize Héloïse’s features.
* Noémie Merlant … Marianne
* Adèle Haenel Adèle Haenel … Héloïse
* Luàna Bajrami Luàna Bajrami … Sophie
* Valeria Golino Valeria Golino … La Comtesse
* Christel Baras Christel Baras … La faiseuse d’anges
* Armande Boulanger Armande Boulanger … L’élève atelier
* Guy Delamarche Guy Delamarche … L’homme salon
* Clément Bouyssou Clément Bouyssou … Le batelier