Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Director: CĂ©line Sciamma
Year Released: 2019
Rating: 2.0

Painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) travels to a remote island in order to do the portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) - which others have tried to do in the past - but she turns out to be a difficult subject: she can't sit still and she's fuming over the fact that she's arranged to be married to a man.  It's easy to see where it's going from the beginning: there's lots of poutiness (Héloïse is an ice queen) and smoldering stares (it takes until the one hour twenty minute mark for that kiss) and petty arguments and, finally, a Love That Can Never Be (I'm surprised Sarah McLachlan's "I Will Remember You" wasn't played over the end credits).  It plays heavily towards its target audience, checking off boxes (underarm hair, an almost total absence of males, helping the maid try to abort her baby) but can't touch something like My Summer of Love in terms of character depth.