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Father and son, icons of different arts, 1 muse, or... how 2 men exploited the same women who inspired them both.
on October 13, 2016
Just as the trailer says, this is the story of the events in the summer of 1915, when Jean Renoir returns to the estate of his father, the world famous painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and meets Andrée, his father's favorite model. Jean, is there to recover from wounds sustained in the still raging WWI. The movie is fictional in that the dialogue and the daily events of that brief time had to be created to try to give understanding to how Andrée went from being the muse of the famous painter during the war, to the muse of his son, who became a world famous movie director after the war.
The basic movie (story, screenplay, acting) is average. But, the reason that I give it 4 stars overall is the cinematography of Mark Piz Bing Lee. Visually, this is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever watched. Every scene is meticulously set up, and bursting with the pastel colors used by the elder Renoir at the time. It was as if Mr Lee had channeled Jean Renoir to show how Pierre-Auguste Renoir viewed his world. In fact, I loved the cinematography so much that on my second watching of the movie, I muted the sound and just watched this beautiful movie in silence.
It is amazing that during a few weeks in the summer of 1915 a young women could emerge as the muse of a father and of his son, in 2 different art forms. But, that is what this movie is about... that transition. Be sure to read the dialogue at the end of the movie to know exactly what she did, and what became of her, and of the 2 artists that she so inspired.
In French with English subtitles.