Toutefois, dès qu'on s'aperçoit qu'elle se rebelle par sa naïveté, on se laisse un tantinet charmer par toute cette histoire qui prend vite des allures d'émeute. Et puis, voir Miki Manojlovic parler en français, ça n'a pas de prix. Ah, Underground...
The story is about one of the first female painters around, Artemesia who course, is fiercely independent, but just can't stop thinking of men, and their bodiesâ?¦ for artistic purposes of course. She soon gets private tutoring from one of a well known artist, but soon tutoring becomes much more then art, and soon after that, scandal erupts! Funny how they could take a historical biography and make it almost into a soft-porn fantasy. I mean, was Artemesia THAT much of a man-hungry person? Also, it's quite funny when she's insisting that she "paints for herself!" yet falls for the first person she sees.
Actually, the story itself is quite fascinating, and it ends with a trial, which I always love. But I wasn't too crazy about the male lead who played her teacher, who looked rather like the person someone like that wouldn't fall for. I woulda gone for the young fisherman :P
The script wasn't really well written.
But there are some fabulous shots in the film, the credit sequence with the close up of Artemisia's eye in the dark, and the reflection in the eye, and also the shots with the painting frame (double framed)
It is more a romantic drama based film rather than biopic, it didn't reveal much about Artemisia's life except her love story with Tassi.
No one ever knows if Tassi and Artemisia really fell in love, or did Tassi really rape her, or perhaps, nothing ever happened betwen them.
One of my favorite parts was when she lays herself in the sand after the couple has been there..She is just a young passionate creature inlove with the human sprit and body and full of God Given talent. I loved it. and especially loved to know it was a true story but sad to know what happened in those times ..you will see when you watch. Tragic.