Is this the hottest film of the year? Judging by the sizzling reviews it’s been getting, it sure is!
From Girlhood director Céline Sciamma, Portrait Of A Lady On Fire is an intimate and deeply affecting period drama about freedom, love and desire. Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is a young painter in 18th Century France, commissioned to do a wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) without her knowing. Marianne disguises herself as her companion to get closer to her subject – observing by day and secretly painting at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom. The portrait soon becomes a collaborative act and a testament to their love.
M In cinemas on Boxing Day, Dec 26
“What a story of desire…” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“A glorious, female-focused period tale that swims with the deepest passions… an intensely moving evocation of female love and friendship” – Time Out, London
“A subtle and thrilling love story” – A. O. Scott, New York Times
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