RENOIRFrance | 2012 | 111 mins | Rated R | Drama, Romance
Saturday June 01, 2013
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$10 General Admission, $7 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening - buy at center
Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Vincent Rottiers
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.
"Sumptuous, savvy study of art making, love and light. Much of the passion, however, is in the pictures."
-- John Anderson, Newsday
"The director Gilles Bourdos's sunshiny Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man."
-- David Denby, New Yorker
"The performances are assured, the ambiance impeccable and the themes resonant."
-- Mark Jenkins, NPR
"A lush, involving film that deals not with one Renoir but two, as well as the strong-minded woman who was a key player in both their lives."
-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times