Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
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BBFC Guidance: Sexualised nudityCeline Sciamma writes and directs this French historical drama starring Noemie Merlant and Adele Haenel. In 1770, artist Marianne (Merlant) travels to Brittany to paint a portrait of Heloise (Haenel), the daughter of a French countess, to celebrate her impending marriage to an Italian nobleman. However, Heloise objects to the marriage, so Marianne is tasked with completing her portrait in secret and acting as Heloise's companion. As the two women spend more time together, their relationship evolves into a forbidden affair.Razor-sharp and shatteringly romantic … as perfect a film as any to have premiered this year. IndiewireSciamma … has a magnificent capability for elegant prose that wouldnt feel out of place in a classic novel, the kind of dialogue that simmers long after it is spoken.A superbly elegant, enigmatic drama … I was on the edge of my seat. The GuardianThough this gorgeous, slow-burn lesbian romance works strongly enough on a surface level, one can hardly ignore the fact, as true then as it is now, that the world looks different when seen through a womans eyes. Variety
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