Writer-director Céline Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire, is a moving story: with a genuine, recognisable sense of human desire, embroiled with obsession, fear and doubt.
Set in Brittany in 1760, Portrait of a Lady on Fire recounts a tale of forbidden love, as painter Marianne is commissioned to create a portrait of reluctant bride-to-be Heloise.
Meeting under the guise of companionship, the slow-burning infatuation between the two displays no immediate attraction or lust, but rather lies in the stolen glances, discovering something new, all while each know of their place in society and what is expected of them.
From the chemistry between the all-female cast to the masterful direction, every element works in harmony in this beautiful and moving film – it's about seeing and being seen, the emotional as much as the physical, and this story goes beyond the romance.
The film is screening at a special Valentine's Day preview, ahead of its full release on 28th February.
This film is part of the Showroom's LGBTQ+ History Month: Ground-Breaking Moments in Lesbian Cinema, a celebration of the female gaze with a season of films directed by women, about women that love other women.
- Words by
- Joe Harris