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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Great movie! But one must know about the code on the outside, and what it means is that it is in anothe format, so one would need a special player to view it.Published 23 days ago by Threeruffians
Entertaining. Easy to see how miestros got the passion for female formPublished 9 months ago by Equator