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6.51 h 51 min2013X-Ray12
The Côte d'Azur. 1915. In his twilight years, Pierre-Auguste Renoir is tormented by the loss of his wife, the pains of arthritic old age and the terrible news that his son Jean has been wounded in action.
Gilles Bourdos
Michel BouquetOlivier DelboscMarc Missonnier
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Olivier DelboscMarc Missonnier
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4.2 out of 5 stars

308 global ratings

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SindriReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 December 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
"Masterfully atmospheric and cinematographic..."
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French screenwriter, producer and director Gilles Bourdos` seventh feature film which he co-wrote with French screenwriter Jérôme Tonnerre and French screenwriter and director Michel Spinosa, is inspired by real events in the life of a French painter, a French filmmaker and a French actress. It premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival in 2013, was shot on locations in France and is a French production which was produced by producers Olivier Delboch and Marc Missonnier. It tells the story about a renowned painter and widower named Pierre-Auguste Renoir who lives in a house in the French Riviera with his youngest of his three sons named Claude who also paints and their housemaids. Pierre-Auguste doesn`t walk anymore, he worries about his son named Jean whom is serving his country in the First World War, his hand which he paints with is not as good as it once was and he is hearing the voice of his former wife in his dreams, but then one day a woman named Andrée Heuschling walks into his house.

Distinctly and eloquently directed by French filmmaker Gilles Bourdos, this quietly paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character`s point of view, draws a calmly engaging and refined portrayal of a French artist whose inspiration is revitalized when he acquaints a woman who tells him that she has been sent by his spouse to pose for him. While notable for its distinct, naturalistic and somewhat surreal milieu depictions, reverent and versatile cinematography by Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Ping Bing Lee, production design by French production designer Benoît Barouh, costume design by French costume designer Pascaline Chavanne and use of sound, colors and light, this dialog-driven and narrative-driven story about a son whom after returning home from war with a wounded foot intending to go back when his foot has fully recovered, befriends his fathers` new model who makes an everlasting and life-altering impression on him, depicts three dense studies of character and contains a great and timely score by French composer Alexandre Desplat.

This somewhat biographical, modestly humerous and romantic, observational and reflective cinematic artwork which is set during a summer in Côte d`Azur, France in the early 1910s, which has been chosen as France`s official submission to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards in 2014, which conscientiously reconstructs scenes from the life of three prominent 20th century artists and where a lady of gracious femininity who brings a son closer to his father, instigates the birth of a filmmaker and a soldier is coming to terms with what the experience of love has done to him, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, poignant instrumental tones, incorporation of art in cinema, scenes of Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting Andrée Heuschling and the involving and commendable acting performances by French actors Michel Bouquet, Vincent Rottiers, Thomas Doret and French actress Christa Théret. A masterfully atmospheric and cinematographic homage.
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WinterpantsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 June 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Renoir. No, not that Renoir.
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Those interested in art are not well served by Hollywood, for any fool knows that, while artists are pedantic about the process of painting, most viewers will be put off by such detail and often end up focusing on the artists' muses, drunken lifestyle or personal politics. In Renoir, the director goes a step further and doesn't even focus on the artist and instead depicts the relationship between Andree, his muse, and Jean, his son.
And what a po-faced couple they are. Everything seems to be a problem for them; they seem irreversibly irritated at life, each other, his famous father and having to breathe.
The counterpoint to all this sourness is a saccharine country landscape, constantly sunlit, that looks like it was filmed through a jar of honey. When Renoir himself does potter into shot, it's to mumble nuggets of wisdom such as the meaning of life being at women's boobs or to grumble about his model not being ready. To make sure the film sends its audience gently to sleep, it moves at an achingly slow pace and drowns everything in constant, mournful tinkling piano and violin. A miserabilist's dream.
FellasReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 July 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not in English
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Description states that the audio is English - Its not. Its French throughout.
LolaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 May 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
Lustrous atmospheric drama of summer of 1915. Beautiful, but not very engaging.
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As one of the previous reviewers mentioned, the film is full of tasteful nudity and beautiful people, yet it is not something you are interested in when you decide to watch a film on Renoir. Yes, the cinematography is wonderful, camera work dreamy and the light is lushy and mesmerising. But the whole film felt like a ripped up fragment of one fateful summer (of 1915). There is the First World War, there is old and sickly Renoir, there are those who live in his shadow, and there is this feeling of dread and undercurrents of lust. Prior to watching the film, I did not know anything about Renoir's personal life and the film was somewhat educational. But it was also far too long (for so little action), it had no beginning, no middle or end - there was no climax.

If you love Auguste-Pierre Renoir, an artist, or if you are interested in the films of his son Jean, there's a good chance you'll enjoy the film much more than a random viewer. Bottom line: the film is beautiful but boring, it avoids the drama of many biographies and, not strangely enough, you end up missing it. There are some amazing films about artists out there, but "Renoir" by Gilles Bourdos isn't one of them.
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Jeff W.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fabulous, lustrous inaction movie
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Fabulous, lustrous inaction movie
MRS J.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Beautiful scenes, wonderful music and lots of interesting historical insights.
Even if your French isn’t great, the subtitles give just enough information.
A brilliant viewing experience. A keeper!
Tim WReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 March 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
An impression of an impressionist
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An impressionist view of The story of the Renoir (the impressionist painter) family during the First World War. Slightly confusingly the love interest of Jean, the film maker son, went under a different name later.
Mr. P. JohnsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 September 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
'Renoir - French with everything'.
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This is a beautiful well acted film, with lovely settings and colours, which touches on the last few years of Renoir's life where age and infirmity are beginning to affect his ability to carry on painting. There are two main subplots, one involving the relationship between Renoir and his son, who was to become a great film maker, and the second, involving the son's relationship with Renoir's model, who he was destined to marry. There are also pleasant images of French cultural life set during the early years of the First World War, in a region unaffected by the fighting. I think the film is worth watching for its wonderful scenery and settings however, there will be one important problem for a number of film fans wanting to see Renoir, it is a French language film and there are no subtitles.
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