- Ends ThursdayDir. Gilles Bourdos, France, 2013, 111 min., R, DCP, In French with English subtitlesOfficial Website
Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos’ lushly atmospheric drama RENOIR tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son, to-be-filmmaker Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. Both father and son are filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy when the radiant young Andrée miraculously enters their world, leaving them both smitten. RENOIR locates a fascinating moment of change, one century’s way of thinking giving way to the next, and the passing of the torch from a great painter to the great filmmaker of such classics as GRAND ILLUSION and RULES OF THE GAME. Featuring the sumptuous cinematography of Mark Ping Bing Lee (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE).
“A lush, involving film that deals not with one Renoir but two… Classic French moviemaking with some modern twists.” —Kenneth Turan, LA Times “It is so gorgeous to spend time immersed in this ripe peach of a cinematic world, populated with characters that seem to care only about pleasing themselves.” —Linda Bernard, Toronto Star
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