Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos' lushly atmospheric drama RENOIR tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. The elder Renoir is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy when a young girl miraculously enters his world. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful, Andrée will become his last model, and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation. At the same time, Jean also falls under the spell of the free-spirited young Andrée. Their beautiful home and majestic countryside grounds reverberate with familial intrigue, as both Renoirs, père et fils, become smitten with the enchanting and headstrong young muse. RENOIR 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 the great filmmaker of such classics as Grand Illusion and Rules of the Game.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The performances are assured, the ambiance impeccable and the themes resonant.Mark Jenkins, NPR, 03.29.2013
The director Gilles Bourdos's sunshiny Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man.David Denby, New Yorker, 04.08.2013
"Renoir" doesn't get much beneath the surface - but, good God, what a surface.Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 05.02.2013
If you love the paintings of Auguste Renoir or the films of his son Jean, there's a good chance you'll sit through this slow-moving prestige item.J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 04.25.2013