Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Céline Sciamma – 2019) A-

Set in the 18th century this a perfectly told love story of a painter, Marianne, who is commissioned to paint a young woman, Héloïse, so that the painting can be sent to her husband-to-be. She does not want to be painted, so Marianne has to take walks with her by the beach and sketch her in secret. It’s a beautiful and tender film that looks like a painting. The leading actresses deliver excellent believable performances and create memorable characters as lovers during a time where we know they cannot have a future together.

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