Parlons Cinéma: Portrait of a Lady On Fire, April 10 at 5 pm

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For April, we will discuss the award-winning 2019 film by Céline Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire. There’s art, romance, and witchcraft in the air. The film stars two of France’s most captivating young actresses, Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant, in a fable that is costumed and designed for the 18th century, but has a distinctly 21st century attitude. The film achieved a 97% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The photography of the coast of Brittany, by Claire Mathon, is breathtaking.

If you need more convincing, read the 5-star review in Britain’s Guardian newspaper.

You can screen the film on Kanopy (free with a public library card), Hulu, Apple TV or other services, and then join Joelle Pluchon and Peter Zingg at 5:00 pm on Wednesday April 10 for a lively, bilingual discussion.

Film Details

Original title / Titre originale: Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (2019)
Running time / Durée: 2h0m
Genres: Drama, Romance
Directed by / Réalisé par: Céline Sciamma
Casting: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino, Christel Baras
Stream it online / Regarder sur: Kanopy, Hulu, Apple TV, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Vudu

1770. Marianne est peintre et doit réaliser le portrait de mariage d’Héloïse, une jeune femme qui vient de quitter le couvent. Héloïse résiste à son destin d’épouse en refusant de poser. Marianne va devoir la peindre en secret. Introduite auprès d’elle en tant que dame de compagnie, elle la regarde.

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.


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