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The Most Memorable 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' Quotes

February 18, 2020 1.5k votes 261 voters 7.6k views20 items

We encourage fans of foreign cinema to vote for the best Portrait of a Lady on Fire quotes. This stunning French import has one of the most beautifully drawn relationships you'll see onscreen this year. Strong character development and an engaging story pull you into its romance and leave you deeply moved at the end.

The movie takes place in the late 18th century. Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) is due to be married off to a man she's never met. Her mother, La Comtesse (Valeria Golina), commissioned an artist to paint her portrait, so that her husband-to-be could see what she looks like. Héloïse, not wanting to be married, refuses to pose. To get around that problem, La Comtesse brings in another artist, Marianne (Noémie Merlant), to surreptitiously paint her daughter. Marianne is to spend time befriending Héloïse so she can observe her closely and then draw from memory. This scheme is complicated when the artist and her subject begin to develop feelings for one another. What follows is a tender tale of two women who find themselves falling in love with each other.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire was written and directed by Céline Sciamma, whose previous films include Tomboy and the critically acclaimed Girlhood. With this film, she is once again drawing rave reviews.

Vote up the most memorable Portrait of a Lady on Fire quotes from the list below, whether romantic one liners or more dramatic pieces of dialogue. 

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    I Thought Of You

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    Marianne: I thought you had been scared off.

    Héloïse: You were right. I am scared. Do all lovers feel they're inventing something? I know the gestures. I imagined it all, waiting for you.

    Marianne: You dreamed of me?

    Héloïse: No. I thought of you.

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    I Felt Your Absence

    I Felt Your Absence is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Memorable 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' Quotes
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    Héloïse: In solitude, I felt the liberty you spoke of. But I also felt your absence.

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    Regret

    Regret is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Memorable 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' Quotes
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    Héloïse: I feel something new.

    Marianne: What?

    Héloïse: Regret.

    Marianne: Don't regret. Remember.

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    Observing

    Observing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Memorable 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' Quotes
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    Héloïse: When you're observing me, who do you think I'm observing?

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