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63 Ratings


Directed by Jacques Doillon
France, Belgium, 2017
Drama, Biography


Doillon casts celebrated French actor Vincent Lindon as the famed sculptor Auguste Rodin, charting his passionate relationship with student cum colleague Camille Claudel.

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Rodin Directed by Jacques Doillon
Biopics often suggest Wikipedia pages, offering encapsulations of their subjects’ greatest highs and lows in a reassuringly coherent manner. . . . In this regard, Jacques Doillon’s Rodin is a bracing surprise, relating the life of iconic French sculptor Auguste Rodin (Vincent Lindon) in a series of vignettes that suggestively stand on their own while proffering a cumulative sense of Rodin as a man and artist.
May 31, 2018
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Critics at last year’s Cannes Film Festival received “Rodin” as if they had collectively taken a marble anvil to the head. If the movie plays marginally better now, it still lacks an arresting perspective on its subject. Employing an episodic, borderline shapeless structure, it subscribes to the kind of screenwriting shorthand that prompts bad guffaws.
May 31, 2018
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The work bristles with vital physicality. . . . Most movies about artists tiptoe reverentially around the art and focus instead on the tortured life. Rodin is very much about the work: Not since Jacques Rivette’s magnificent La Belle Noiseuse (1991) has a film zeroed in on creative process with the same obsessive care it devotes to the artist’s volatile love life.
May 29, 2018
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