Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (18)
Dir: Céline Sciamma
Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
Fr, 2019, 119 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Brittany, 1760. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. She is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all. One of the hits at this year’s Cannes Festival, where it received the best screenplay award, this is a vivid portrait of a stolen romantic relationship.