‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Ending Explained: Love Is a Powerful, Memory-Filled Thing


Criterion has added a stunning and powerful recent release to its hallowed collection: Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Sciamma’s fourth feature stars Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel as two young women, one an artist and the other the subject of her latest commission, who find themselves slowly but surely drawn into the depths of a passionate, brief love affair which will stay with them for the rest of their lives. There is much to take in and contemplate with Portrait of a Lady on Fire, chiefly the powerful final scene which essentially …