****1/2. Shot on location near Marseilles, TONI is not a melodrama although all the ingredients are there. The film is rather of the realistic genre with Nature as witness. TONI isn’t a romantic movie either, Renoir being more interested in little details than in the usual love scenes. Other scenes involving the workers announce the following Renoir films of his leftist period. I may sound a little negative but I’m not : TONI is definitely a great film because we feel Renoir’s love for all his characters. Highly recommended. A DVD zone your library’s left corner.