Thornbury Picture House: Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
Thornbury Methodist Church Hall
Thornbury Picture House presents Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
Set in the late 18th century in Brittany, Portrait of a Lady on Fire explores the forbidden love between Héloïse the daughter of a countess, and Marianne, an artist who has been commissioned to paint her wedding portrait. Heloise is unwillingly betrothed to a Milanese nobleman, and resisting having the portrait painted is her primary method of delaying the marriage. Marianne has therefore been instructed to act as Heloise’s companion, and complete the portrait in secret and from memory. The complexity of this dynamic as their relationship develops is reflected in Marianne’s painting, and the film becomes a nuanced musing on perception, objectification and projection. A central paradox is that, although the existence of Marianne’s portrait leads to the end of their affair, art itself becomes a means of preserving their memories and immortalising their bond. The result is a film that feels less like a tragic story of doomed romance, and more like a celebration of true love.
Price Members free. Guests £ 5.00
Venue Thornbury Methodist Church Upper Hall
Time Doors open 7pm
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