The buzz about this Sundance Audience Award winner suggests that Ma Belle, My Beauty primarily explores a polyamorous relationship. In fact, what the film more poignantly explores are the yearnings and complexities of characters who happen to be, among other things, polyamorous.
Newly married musicians Bertie (Idella Johnson) and Fred (Lucien Guignard) are living in a farmhouse near France’s gorgeous Cévenne mountains when Lane (Hannah Pepper), an ex from the United States, arrives for a visit. Fred has invited her, but it’s unclear why she’s come or what effect her appearance will have on Bertie, who’s been out of sorts. Will the arrival of a sexy Israeli artist (Sivan Noam Shimon) ease the tension or turn up the volume?
An impressive feature debut, Ma Belle, My Beauty is a sensual feast—landscape, music, flirtations and wine you can almost taste through the screen—not Poly 101.