Portrait of a Lady on Fire, dir. Céline Sciamma, France 2019, 122 min., French with English subtitles, 15
From French writer-director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy, Water Lilies) comes the critically acclaimed Portrait of a Lady on Fire.
In late 18th century France, young painter Marianne is commissioned by an affluent countess to covertly paint the wedding portrait of her headstrong daughter Héloïse in the hope it will find her a wealthy husband. Marianne is instructed to complete the portrait in secret while posing as Héloïse’s hired companion, observing Héloïse by day and painting her by night. However, as the two women grow closer, their intimacy begins to blossom, paving the way for a passionate, thrilling romance.
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