2021 / drama, romance / 1h 33min /
written by Marion Hill / directed by Marion Hill /
country: France, USA / language: English & French with English subtitles /
“Sundance Audience Award winner Ma Belle, My Beauty is an intimate portrayal of two women, reunited in the South of France, trying to pick up the pieces of their former romance.
Lane, Bertie and Fred once shared a polyamorous relationship in New Orleans. Lane loved Bertie, Fred loved Bertie, they had a balance that worked… until it didn’t, and Lane vanished from their lives. Bertie and Fred (both jazz musicians) have now married and moved to the French countryside to focus on their music careers, but Bertie has lost her inspiration and Fred, just weeks out from their joint music tour, is quietly desperate to get Bertie back in the groove.
Fred invites Lane for a surprise visit, hoping her return will spark something in Bertie. But as Lane attempts to recreate their old, carefree dynamic, unresolved tensions quickly surface. After a chance meeting at a party, a jilted Lane turns her attention to a beautiful young artist. Soon, jealousies and passions ignite in equal measure.
A nuanced and aching exploration of the complexities of love set against the sun-drenched and wine-soaked vineyards of Southern France, Ma Belle, My Beauty takes viewers on a trip they won’t soon forget.”
“An insight into the physical and chemical connections, and the messy emotions that get in the way. The acting is pitch perfect, and Johnson’s singing voice is heaven on earth.”
Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com
“Thoughtfully written and produced, Ma Belle, My Beauty exemplifies the potential of small-budget filmmaking.”
Vivie Behrens, Austin Chronicle