Starts Friday, FEBRUARY 28
France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night.
“NYT Critic’s Pick! A subtle and thrilling love story … Like a lost work of 18th-century literature, it is at once ardent and rigorous, passionate and philosophical.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times
As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love. Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and one of the best reviewed films of the year, Portrait of a Lady on Fire solidifies Céline Sciamma (Tomboy, Girlhood) as one of the most exciting filmmakers working in the world today. Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel turn the subtle act of looking into a dangerous, engrossing thrill, crafting two of the most breathtaking and elegant performances of the year. To watch Marianne and Héloïse fall in love is to see love itself invented onscreen. With contemporary themes in period dress, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a stunning love story for the ages. (Dir. by Céline Sciamma, 2019, France, in French/Italian with English subtitles, 121 mins., Rated R)