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. —Wild Bunch
Gilles Bourdos (born 1963) is a French film director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his atmospheric thrillers, which use troubling themes in contrast with powerful aesthetic imagery. He was one of the founders of the French production company Persona Films which produced most of his early work.
Bourdos, who was born in Nice, France, made his feature film début at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival with Disparus (1998), a political thriller and love triangle during the Surrealist movement in Paris in 1938. His second critically acclaimed feature, Inquietudes (2003), is based on the Ruth Rendell novel A Sight for Sore Eyes and stars Gregoire Colin and Julie Ordon. His most recent work and first English language film, Afterwards (2008), features Evangeline Lilly, John Malkovich, and Romain Duris, and is based on the French bestseller Et Après… by Guillaume Musso.
His 2012 film Renoir competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival… read more
Exquisite gorgeous picture from director Gilles Bourdos visiting Auguste Renoir towards the end of his life and his invigoration by a new redheaded muse played to perfection by Christa Theret. What is interesting is that it also presents the young Jean Renoir just back from service in the trenches and not yet on his way to becoming the artist of film we know. Wonderful but slow moving script with top notch....
Beautiful story and gorgeously shot, but it felt like a half finished love letter.
A viewing of Renoir is like a masterclass from the artist himself: a study in light and contrast, in nature and landscape, in colour and softness. Every frame evokes the late summer days of… read review