Henri Gaudier is only 18 years old, a self-taught Parisian sculptor of enormous talent but prone to rash, exuberant behavior. Henri meets and begins a platonic but emotionally intense relationship with Sophie Brzeksa, a cultured Polish woman 20 years his senior.
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Skittish chamber piece that, at the speed of a dervish, paints an effective cameo portrait of artist and muse. Warm performances from the leads balance the strains of the yelled declamatory dialogue. Frenetic direction and the usual gift of gorgeously realised period detail add-up to a pleasing miniature of a film with a surprisingly big heart. Artistic inspiration is scant but the joie-de-vivre is infectious.