A passionate coming-of-age tale set amidst the conservative confines of modern Tbilisi, the film follows Merab, a competitive dancer who is thrown off balance by the arrival of Irakli, a fellow male dancer with a rebellious streak.
1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.
In a popular suburb of Dakar, workers on the construction site of a futuristic tower, without pay for months, decide to leave the country by the ocean for a better future. Among them is Souleiman, the lover of Ada, promised to another.
In 18th century France a young painter, Marianne, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse without her knowing. Therefore, Marianne must observe her model by day to paint her portrait at night. Day by day, the two women become closer as they share Héloïse's last moments of freedom before the impending wedding.
In the beginning the protagonists describes how to paint a portrait; what to stay attentive to, the small details in a person, their contours, stance e.t.c. And with an amazing script/screenplay and cinematography you begin to pay attention to smaller things in great detail. Things that the director Céline Sciamma uses to it's max potential. With long still shots and and long close ups.
After the change of perspective the audience is more indulged in not only the plot but the story of each characters emotion, you're indulged in a relation and connection that transcends from the screen to you.
As I will not spoil this fantastic film I will not dive further into its amazing script and amazing use of a greek mythology story, do be aware of the nudity and to be struck with awe at the end.
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