The South of France, 1915: An aged Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet) still paints every day, despite the pains of old age and the loss of his dear wife. The arrival of a new model, Andrée (Christa Theret) brings an incandescent energy into the household, inspiring not only Renoir le pere's painting, but also stirring the passions of fils Jean (Vincent Rottiers) and Claude (Thomas Doret). Against the backdrop of WWI, the film 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 a great filmmaker. Closing Night Film, Un Certain Regard, 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
DIR/SCR Gilles Bourdos; SCR Michel Spinosa, Jérôme Tonnerre; PROD Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier. France, 2012, color, 111 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED S L
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