New Ways of Seeing: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

From Amy Dotson, Director of NWFC
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
dir. Céline Sciamma, France, 2019
Streaming on Hulu

I’ve always been a sucker for a great period drama. And if they happen to be set internationally, all the better. I think I spent half my childhood watching them with my Mom on rainy days and being transported to another time, another place, another world where things simmer under the surface. And now that I’m a mom myself, the reward of digging into a great film after the kids go to bed is all the sweeter. Check out this Cannes 2019 stunner and go in without much context—just know that this story of a passionate affair between a portrait artist and her subject will keep you glued to your couch and cheering for more from masterful director Celine Sciamma and the incredible lead performance from Adèle Haenel.