Picture Of Beauty

Maxim Ford, 2017, 70 mins

Franek is a talented art forger and painter who, along with his loyal assistant Hazel who is also a talented artist, are commissioned by a glamorous madam to produce a piece for her brothel to hopefully drum up more business.

Although his subjects at the brothel are beautiful, he yearns for more and calls upon his assistant to find more models. Stephanie, a beautiful and strong-minded political activist who has just been expelled from university for her views answers the call and takes an instant liking to the shy painter. Her young friend Julia would be a perfect subject too, but she has recently been arrested for escaping the bonds of her cruel and much older husband, who just happens to be an influential police officer.

The group literally (and metaphorically) free Julia meaning that Franek can hopefully complete what should be his masterpiece and find love for himself at the same time.

” joyous eroticism…”