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Renoir (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Appropriately enough, Renoir offers viewers a drama of sumptuous beauty -- which is more than enough to offset its frustratingly slow pace and rather thinly written screenplay.

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Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos' lushly atmospheric drama RENOIR tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. The elder Renoir is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy when a young girl miraculously enters his world. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful, Andrée will become his last model, and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation. At the same time, Jean also falls under the spell of the free-spirited young Andrée. Their beautiful home and majestic countryside grounds reverberate with familial intrigue, as both Renoirs, père et fils, become smitten with the enchanting and headstrong young muse. (c) Samuel Goldwyn

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Cast

Michel Bouquet
as Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Christa Theret
as Andrée Heuschling
Vincent Rottiers
as Jean Renoir
Thomas Doret
as Coco Renoir
Sylviane Goudal
as Big Louise
Solène Rigot
as Madeleine
Carlo Brandt
as Doctor Prat
Thierry Hancisse
as Junk Dealer
Laurent Poitrenaux
as Pierre Renoir
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Critic Reviews for Renoir

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (30)

You would need a soul of potash not to savour the delicious fauna and flattering southern light. But the film never gets far beyond the decorative.

June 30, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The story falters when it runs through its very traditional, even hackneyed arcs ...

June 28, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This gives a new meaning to Truffaut's phrase le cinéma du papa.

June 27, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

With its warm colors and sweet streams of light, its love of both the countryside and the human form, it makes you dream of painting. Or making movies. Or just luxuriating in the brilliance.

June 27, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Thanks to ace Taiwanese cameraman Mark Ping Bing Lee, it conveys the inspirational qualities of sun-dappled light and rosy flesh.

June 25, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Renoir is great at capturing some of the details of daily life within this unique household and conveying an Impressionist atmosphere on film, but as far as telling us a story, the film is a washout.

May 10, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Renoir

A hidden gem with some captivating performances. I am hopefully to see more of many of the cast of this film.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

½

Andree Heuschling (Theret) is an important, but largely forgotten, figure in French cultural history, having been the last model to pose for the impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Bouquet) and the first actress to star in the films of his son, and her husband, Jean (Rottiers). Bourdos film focuses on the final months of the painter's life, in 1918, as Andree arrives to pose for him and ends up living in his plush Riviera home. When Jean arrives home from injured from fighting in The Great War, he immediately falls for the young model. In the early days of the French film journal, Cahiers du Cinema, its writers expounded at length about the poor state of French cinema. 'Renoir' is exactly the type of film so often lambasted in the pages of the yellow-covered magazine, a bland cash-in on a French cultural icon which feels more like a tourist board commercial than any kind of drama. There's absolutely no dramatic weight to Bourdos' tale and you can't help sense he's trying to create a story where none exists. Andree arrives, Auguste paints her, Jean falls for her. That's all we get. There's nothing to get you involved in this story, one featuring privileged people for whom life comes far too easily. The one piece of dramatic conflict rests on one of the ultimate period-piece cliches: the young man who chooses to return to the war rather than staying with his lover. We learn nothing of what may have influenced the work of Renoir, neither father nor son. Renoir Snr is portrayed as a dirty old man, constantly babbling about young flesh, while his son comes across as a bit of a drip, a poor match for the vitality of Andree. If there's one thing this film gets right, it's the beautiful cinematography of Ping Bin-Lee, perfectly capturing the light of a Southern French summer. For the most part, 'Renoir' is nothing more than another piece of Tourist Board Cinema.

The Movie Waffler
The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer

½

Portrait of the final days of impressionist painter Pierre-August Renoir, and of the growing affair between his son (future film director Jean) and a headstrong model. Beautiful looking, as befits the subject---with her glowing copper hair, Christa Theret looks like a painter's vision that's stepped off a canvas---but too often watching this slow-paced, reverent movie is like watching paint dry.

Greg S
Greg S

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