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7.2
/10
99 Ratings

OLIVIA

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Directed by Jacqueline Audry
France, 1951
Drama, LGBTQ+
      French
      English

Synopsis

Set in a 19th century French school, new English boarder Olivia finds herself hot for her teacher—the migraine-prone Mademoiselle Clara—and her headmistress, Mademoiselle Julie. Lace and subdued lust abound as affections fly and the students’ greatest lesson proves to be that of love and attraction.

Our take

Dreamy laces, soft lighting, and longing glances induce an erotic headiness that renders this landmark lesbian love story a transgressive masterpiece. The tender gaze of the criminally overlooked Jacqueline Audry imbues every frame with the potency of female desires and the pangs of first love.

Synopsis

Set in a 19th century French school, new English boarder Olivia finds herself hot for her teacher—the migraine-prone Mademoiselle Clara—and her headmistress, Mademoiselle Julie. Lace and subdued lust abound as affections fly and the students’ greatest lesson proves to be that of love and attraction.

Our take

Dreamy laces, soft lighting, and longing glances induce an erotic headiness that renders this landmark lesbian love story a transgressive masterpiece. The tender gaze of the criminally overlooked Jacqueline Audry imbues every frame with the potency of female desires and the pangs of first love.

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OliviaDirected byJacqueline Audry
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Awards & Festivals

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BAFTA Awards
1953 | Nominee: Best Foreign Actress

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