Winner of the Best Screenplay and Queer Palm at Cannes this year, Portrait is a finely judged, feverish and unforgettable story of love, memory and connection. Set in 18th Century Brittany, the beautifully shot period drama focusses on the romance between Marianne, an artist who is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. But Héloïse is a reluctant bride-to-be and a reluctant subject, and the painting must be done in secret, from memory. The long gazes that this requires from Marianne are reciprocated and lead to something unexpected – an attraction and longing that are forbidden. It’s a simple narrative, but filled with tension, tenderness and restrained erotic rapture, with themes around female choice, objectification, sexual freedom, intimacy and desire.
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