Olivia

1951, 96m, DCP, France

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Screened August 16–22, 2019

Before Carol, there was Olivia. Seventy years later, Jacqueline Audry’s romantic period piece remains a landmark of lesbian representation long overdue for rediscovery. Set in a 19th century French finishing school, new English boarder Olivia (Marie-Claire Olivia) quickly finds herself hot for her teacher—the migraine-prone Mademoiselle Clara (Cat People’s Simone Simon)—and her headmistress, Mademoiselle Julie (BAFTA-nominated Edwige Feuillere). Lace and repressed lust abound as affections and attachments fly and the students’ greatest lessons prove to be those of love and attraction. An Icarus Films / Distrib Films US release

In French with English subtitles

A film by Jacqueline Audry

A compound of velvet innuendos—polite, discreet and finely wrought.”

The New York Times

Olivia belongs in discussions with Death in VeniceMaurice, and Carol in great film adaptations of queer literature.”

Hyperallergic