Preview: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
Céline Sciamma’s exquisite and intimate drama about forbidden love is ideal Valentine’s Day viewing.
Dir Céline Sciamma
With Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
Courtesy of Curzon
In 18th-century France, artist Marianne (Merlant) is commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Héloïse (Haenel) so it can be sent to a suitor. However, her subject neither wants to be married nor painted, so Marianne must stealthily capture Héloïse’s likeness while pretending to be her walking companion. Sciamma’s film, a big hit at 2019’s BFI London Film Festival, is a beautifully observed romance that burns with passion and defiance.
Tickets £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less)
See more Valentine’s Day films, and look out for a Céline Sciamma focus in March.