This screening is part of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF).
Director: Céline Sciamma
Runtime: 119 minutes
Language: French with English subtitles
Rating: R21 – Homosexual Theme
Seductively tantalising yet graceful, the film explores desires, social norms and female subjugation in a picturesque 18th-century France. Héloïse, a countess’ daughter, is to be forcefully engaged to a Milanese man; against her will, her mother commissions a portrait to elicit the marriage proposal. Marianne is invited to paint her, and under the guise of a female companion to Héloïse, she observes her subject on their walks and through stolen glances.