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France, 2012, 111 Minute Running Time
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Romance
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: French English Sub-Titles

A wonderfully acted, gorgeously shot period piece that is as lyrical and romantic as its singular setting on the Côte d’Azur, Gilles Bourdos’s fact-based tale traces the complicated situation that arises when the arthritic 74-year-old painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French icon Michel Bouquet) and his new 15-year-old model Andrée Heuschling (Christa Theret) play host to the painter’s son Jean (Vincent Rottiers), a wounded WWI veteran soon to change the course of film history. The beautiful home and grounds reverberate with familial intrigue, as both Renoirs, père et fils, become smitten with the enchanting and headstrong Heuschling.

Anchored by Mark Lee Ping-Bin’s luscious images (he shot Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love), Renoir is a tender and sensitively handled treatment of a master in his old age and a young man struggling under the weight of his father’s reputation. Knowing that Jean Renoir would go on to make such seminal films as Grand Illusion and The Rules of the Game only adds to the film’s many delights.

DIRECTOR: Gilles Bourdos
Producer: Marc Missonnier, Olivier Delbosc
Editor: Yannick Kergoat, Valerie Deloof, Cyril Holtz
Screenwriter: Jérôme Tonnerre, Michel Spinosa, Gilles Bourdos
Cinematographer: Mark Lee Ping-Bin
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Principal Cast: Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Vincent Rottiers, Thomas Doret, Michèle Gleizer, Romane Bohringer
Filmography: Afterwards (2008), A Sight for Sore Eyes (2003), Disparus (1998)
Print Source: Samuel Goldwyn Films -

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