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France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint a portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent, in order to impress a Milanese suitor. Since Héloïse hardly wants to be carted off to Italy, Marianne keeps her task a secret, arriving as a companion, observing Héloïse by day, and secretly painting her from memory at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow, the portrait becoming a collaborative testament to their love. Decorated with both the Screenplay prize and the Queer Palm at Cannes this summer, the new film by Céline Sciamma (Tomboy, Girlhood) continues her catalogue of defiant female desire.