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3.0
245 Ratings

Renoir

Directed by Gilles Bourdos
France, 2012
Biography, Drama

Synopsis

In his twilight years, a disappointed Auguste Renoir is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy when a young girl miraculously enters his world. Back at the family home, Jean too falls under the spell of the new, redheaded star in the Renoir firmament.

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Renoir Directed by Gilles Bourdos

Awards & Festivals

César Awards

2014 | Winner: Best Costume Design

2014 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor

Lumiere Awards

2014 | 4 nominations including: Best Film

Critics reviews

Renoir’s set piece shows the artist working on a canvas, with Mark Ping Bing Lee’s camera gliding to models in soft focus, a kind of live-action impressionism and a new take on the familiar Bathers. Wisely, director Gilles Bourdos keeps the pace slow, what with all the tensions beneath the surface: Oedipal conflict, career choices, even class struggle.
March 27, 2013
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Cowriter-director Gilles Bourdos unfortunately reduces these titanic historical figures to fit this soporific biopic’s cardboard melodramatics. Father and son glibly debate politics and art, Andrée throws several scenery-chewing temper tantrums, and a number of hindsight-20/20 exchanges (Jean is condescendingly told, “Cinema isn’t for the French”) pander to viewers who’d rather snootily giggle at the past than grapple with it.
March 25, 2013
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