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Renoir [Blu-ray] (2012)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EV1YZQE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,982 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste -- returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his side is Andr‚e, a young woman who rejuvenates, enchants, and inspires both father and son. RENOIR locates a fascinating moment of change, with one century's way of thinking giving way to the next.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Impressionistic August 25, 2013
Format:DVD
Appropriately enough, about the world's most famous Impressionist painter.

While definitely not for those who favor conventionally plotted drama or fast action, RENOIR consists of immediate realism and puts you right there with the Renoir clan on the French Riviera. It's the sort of film that could easily have been made overly artsy and dull, but it's neither.

The entire film takes place in 1915, toward the end of Renoir's life. The relationship between model Andrée Heuschling and son Jean Renoir is, in many ways, more the subject of the story than the painter himself, yet Renoir himself is indispensable as "the boss," a sort of god-like backdrop to the entire cast and story. Having said that, I must add that there is a fair amount on Renoir's artistic processes, and his philosophizing can be applied to all sorts of art forms besides painting. One of RENOIR's strongest aspects is its portrayal of a man who is obsessed with his work and has one thing that utterly consumes him.

Like many other French films, RENOIR succeeds in breaking all sorts of rules, among them:

--The plot is meandering and somewhat slice-of-life but still gripping;

--Andrée, the "girl from nowhere," and free but neglected youngest son Coco are characters that beg to be developed further, but at the same time, perhaps it's better that they remain mysterious;

--Lots of female nudity without it seeming the least bit gratuitous: After all, the subject is an artist who often painted naked girls;

--The mood is a successful mesh of somberness, poignancy, and (often laugh-out-loud) humor.

Just about every artsy cliché could be applied to this film, but suffice it to say that it is a beautiful experience.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a Renoir painting that has come to life September 6, 2013
Format:DVD
"Renoir" (2012 release from France; 110 min.) is NOT an overview or bio-pic on the Impressionist painter's life. Instead, it retells one particular summer, set in 1915 in southern France. As the movie opens, we see a young woman named Andrée (played by Christa Theret) approaching the house of the Renoir family. Possessing a stunning beauty, she was recommended to be Renoir's newest model. Renoir at that point is already in his mid-70s, and endures various physical ailments. In the house there appear to be a group of women who at one point may have been models but ended up staying as maids. We learn that Renoir has three sons, of which the oldest two are now fighting in World War I. Then about one-third into the movie, one of them, the middle brother Jean, returns home from the war, having been heavily wounded. To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first and foremost, this movie is one of the most gorgeous looking movies I have seen in a long time. A number of the scenes recreate Renoir painting and to me it feels like every scene in the movie is like a painting come to life. Second, this movie moves as snail's pace, and I mean this as a compliment. It is, I suppose, in part a reflection of life a century ago, when everything moved slower and people had more time on their hands. Third, it takes quite a while for the movie to find its emotional footing, as in the first hour we simply get to know the various characters and how they fill their days. Fourth, WWI plays a major role in the movie, and in fact weighs heavily on the movie from start to finishg. Fifth, kudos to Michel Bouquet, a legend of French cinema (he was 85 when this movie was filmed), in the title role.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like a breeze on a warm day November 11, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
I loved every moment of this beautiful experience. The film looks painted at times. The sound is wonderful. We hear insects and birds and the sound of the wind. Curtains calmly flutter, trees vibrate and bend and we hear it. The high definition image is something to treasure. Well, I want to view it on a frozen January day. All of the acting is perfect. Agonies of aging are experienced... to horrific limits. The stupidity of war is revealed from a distance. Music is wonderful. My opinion is that there is nothing in the film that should be kept from children. It's a valuable education on the physical beauty of human beings, and on the many layers of intelligence and decency of women. Old Renoir says that every woman... every one... deserves respect. He does not think of himself as an artist, but as a worker. The women who lovingly carry his chair to beautiful locations for him to work... have all had a part in cherishing him and his ability to nurture them and their children. There are mysterious characters like Jean's young brother. I won't interfere with the flow of this movie by talking about the truth of it all. After you have seen it. Look up the characters. See the films of Jean Renoir. Again, on the rating of the film. Yes, a parent will have to talk about what war is. But, just like the children in the movie... our precious children should learn these things so that they can help us stifle war. Five stars is the limit here... but this movie deserves a few extras.

A few days later: I have just viewed Jean Renoir's "French Can Can." It is available on dvd, blu-ray from France and also online from Hulu. It is truly amazing... and it is a beautiful reflection of what we learned from the 2013 "Renoir" film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A great premise turned into almost nothing.
I was attracted by the title not knowing which Renoir, Father or son, was the movie referring to; they were both giants of their own art, world renowned. Renoir Sr. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Robert A. Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Renoir
Insightful view of the time and character while presenting a delightful and entertaining take on the artist and time.
Published 19 hours ago by Judith Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful film - looks like a Renoir.
Published 1 day ago by David P. Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Visuals captivate more than dialogue
Amazing cinematography of landscapes. Watch it if you want to make art not war.
Published 5 days ago by Fredric Villamor
5.0 out of 5 stars Many of the scenes look like gorgeous paintings
This is a must-see movie about the painter, Renoir, and his final years. Many of the scenes look like gorgeous paintings.
Published 5 days ago by booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars The Renoirs during the war years
The Renoirs were a very talented family. This movie focuses on the World War I era and the elderly Pierre-Auguste Renoir the impressionist painter and his son Jean, who is to... Read more
Published 11 days ago by lonebeaut
3.0 out of 5 stars good enough missing action as far as Renoir life and
good enough missing action as far as Renoir life and art
Published 12 days ago by Y. Soussan
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look into the later years of Renoir and his ...
Interesting look into the later years of Renoir and his children some of whom were successful artists in their own right.
Published 12 days ago by Wayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad.
Interesting. Sad.
Published 19 days ago by Dr. D. Belcher
3.0 out of 5 stars Good acting but very slow moving.
Acting was good set around the end of Renoir's life with emphasis on one of his sons. Movie was very slow moving which is why gave it 3 stars.
Published 19 days ago by Sooner Man
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