Tue 28 - Fri 31 Jan

Renoir

Cert. 12A

Festivals & Series

111 mins

in French with English subtitles

France | col | 111 mins | dir. Gilles Bourdos, with Michel Bouquet, Vincent Rottiers, Christa Theret

An impeccably crafted film on the last days of Impressionist painter Auguste Renoir and the early formative years of his filmmaker son, Jean. In his twilight years, Pierre-Auguste Renoir is tormented by the loss of his wife, the pains of arthritic old age and the terrible news that his son Jean has been wounded in action. But when a young girl miraculously enters his world, the old painter is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy. Andrée will become his last model, and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation. Back at the family home to convalesce, Jean too falls under the spell of the new, redheaded star in the Renoir firmament. In their Mediterranean Eden he falls in love with this wild, untameable spirit… and as he does so, within weak-willed, battle-shaken Jean, a filmmaker begins to grow.

Represents France, Oscars 2014

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