France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Lady Héloïse, whose family has retrieved her from the convent to marry her off. It’s a delicate assignment: Given Héloïse’s resistance to the marriage, her mother instructs Marianne to work undercover—arriving under the guise of companionship to observe the bride-to-be by day, then secretly painting her by firelight at night.
But the more the two women get to know one another, the more they dispense with false pretenses, instead developing secrets of their own as the portrait becomes a collaborative act and a testament to their love. French writer/director Céline Sciamma won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes for this elegantly subversive and affecting period romance, which upends key tropes of the genre to prove that, in Variety’s words, “the world looks different when seen through a woman’s eyes.”
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Producer: Véronique Cayla, Bénédicte Couvreur | Editor: Julien Lacheray | Cinematographer: Claire Mathon | Screenwriter: Céline Sciamma
Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino, Christel Baras