DIRECTED BY GILLES BOURDOS
FRANCE, 2012, 111 MIN
IN FRENCH AND ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Not just for art lovers and certainly not your typical biopic, RENOIR explores the universal conflict and shared bonds between father and son, only in this case a world-renowned father and son. Based on the lives of aged painter Pierre-Auguste père and nascent filmmaker Jean fils, this rich historical drama provides a compelling study of a unique domestic life. Chez Renoir serves as a sanctuary from war-torn France—a house full of women who tend to the Renoirs’ needs—but even such a privileged life has its problems. The story is painted with tints of selfishness, stubbornness, reticence, infirmity, strong will, and love. “Flesh, that’s all that matters,” the arthritic father tells his wounded-in-action son as the men share (inspirationally and artistically), the red-headed vivacious Andrée, whose beauty they both admire. Gorgeously lensed by Mark Ping Bing Lee (In the Mood for Love), dappled lighting and landscapes create the quality of an Impressionist painting. Add a score by Alexandre Desplat, c’est magnifique!