DVD - 2012 | French
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"The Côte d'Azur. 1915. In his twilight years, 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. But when a young girl miraculously enters his world, the old painter is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful, Andrée will become his last model, and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation. Back at the family home to convalesce, Jean too falls under the spell of the new, redheaded star in the Renoir firmament. In their Mediterranean Eden - and in the face of his father's fierce opposition - he falls in love with this wild, untameable spirit ... and as he does so, within weak-willed, battle-shaken Jean, a filmmaker begins to grow."--Mongrel Media website.


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Jan 23, 2018

Father/son(s) drama imbued with sensual luminosity, sadness and Bergman-esque emotional undercurrents. Michel Bouquet gave a sterling performance as august papa Auguste Renoir struggling to live and paint while his WWI-crippled son Jean tried to find his path as a film-maker (La Grande Illusion, Rules of the Game, La Chienne, etc.) Speaking of which, there was a feisty model who went on from painting to cinema, though not for long...#metoo will find much to discuss with the women who ran the Renoir's villa in Cagnes-sur-mer: domestics, models, widows whose husbands died at the front, yet indispensable when they bathed, cooked, cleaned and even carried the men who could hardly walk. Painterly cinematography by Mark Ping-Bing Lee, who lensed many Asian films, In the Mood for Love, among others.

Oct 13, 2017

This beautiful movie makes me want to live in the French countryside. Worth watching.

Jul 26, 2015

La beauté et la vie, sont magnifiques et cruelles.

Jan 06, 2015

I enjoyed the movie! Quite good!

May 29, 2014

lovely to look at, but definitely not a biography of Renoir the elder as a painter nor Renoir the younger and a maker of great films. Andree is at the centre of the story as a muse for each of the Renoir men and a thorn in the side of the coterie of women who care for the family.

Apr 25, 2014

Gorgeous like a Renoir.

xaipe Jan 25, 2014

Visually stunning; mentally soporific.

Jan 02, 2014

Visually exquisite.

As with many French films, I did not connect with the main female character or believe anyone's "love" for anyone else. It feels like objectification and self-gratification.

The elder Renoir's pathos and strength as his hands became more gnarled and painful and the dynamics of the women of the household as they cared for him were much more real and poignant.

shelg2 Nov 07, 2013

Superb film that brings Renoir to life. The wonderful visuals make you feel like you have stepped inside of a Renoir painting.

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