Modern Languages & Linguistics Film Series - Film 1: Portrait of Lady On Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)

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Caught in Conventions (September 9-30)

Portrait of Lady On Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (France, C. Sciamma, 2019) France, 1760.

Marianne is commissioned to paint the portrait of a young noblewoman before her arranged marriage, but she must do so in secret. Posing as a hired companion, Marianne observes Héloïse by day and paints her by firelight at night. The two women orbit one another, but intimacy grows as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom, and Héloïse’s portrait becomes a testament to their love. (Rated “R” for some sexuality) (In French with English subtitles). Watch the film.

Zoom Discussion Meeting: Wednesday 30 September @ 6 p.m.

How to participate:

  1. Watch the film between the dates indicated, on your own time, on the University of Lethbridge Library’s Criterion On Demand streaming services (follow the link and sign in).
  2. Before the “Discussion Meeting” date, send an e-mail to saying you will attend the meeting (you will be sent a Zoom invitation).
  3. Join the “Discussion Meeting” via Zoom: learn more about the film, share thoughts, and register for any participation mark being offered through a U of L course.
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