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  • Summary: 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 Andrée, a young woman who rejuvenates, enchants, and inspires both father and son.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 28, 2013
    90
    The movie, like its subject, refuses to stir up unnecessary melodrama. There are many small conflicts and psychological undercurrents, but the closest thing to a narrative theme is the effect Andrée has on the Renoir household.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    May 2, 2013
    83
    There's something in this nostalgic, lovingly photographed film about the transition from the classical art of painting to the new art of the cinema, as embodied by one of the greatest practitioners of each. The independent-minded Andrée, who would go on to marry Jean Renoir and star in several of his early films, is presented as something more than a mere muse, if something less than a full-fledged character.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Mar 28, 2013
    80
    Renoir is a lush, involving film.
  4. Mar 26, 2013
    70
    Wisely, director Gilles Bourdos keeps the pace slow, what with all the tensions beneath the surface: Oedipal conflict, career choices, even class struggle.
  5. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Apr 11, 2013
    63
    Gilles Bourdos’s film is more conventional than its mould-breaking subjects deserve.
  6. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Mar 28, 2013
    60
    Unfortunately, for all the beauty, director Gilles Bourdos goes no further than simply observing surfaces.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Mar 29, 2013
    38
    A long string of picnics, portrait sessions, elaborate dinners, and countryside rituals, filtered through a svelte aesthetic pleasantness that ultimately corrodes its larger interests.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 5, 2013
    9
    A movie where every scene is straight out of a renoir painting. The pace is slower than blockbuster adventure movies, speed being sacrificed in the service of character development, and allowing time for the eye to absorb and appreciate the beauty and honesty of the performances given by a talented cast. The cinematography and direction make this a film likely to be appreciated by most art film lovers. The bad news... no big car chases, no messy murders, and nobody with superpowers... just a deep, rich, film that will leave you feeling glad you went. My wife and I both enjoyed this film. One caution, there is a fair amount of nudity... by one of the loveliest young actresses to grace the silver screen in many decades (Ms. Christa Theret). The nudity is sensitively and tastefully handled, never gratuitous, and always appropriate to the storyline. Expand
  2. May 16, 2013
    7
    This movie felt like a Renoir painting. It is beautiful and clear that someone cared about making sure that every visual aspect was well thought out and carefully placed. It doesn't make you feel too happy or too sad at any time. And while experiencing it you may reflect on the reasons behind the work and question it's depth, but you can still be satisfied that it's purpose was simply to be lovely. Expand
  3. May 23, 2013
    6
    The painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir spent the last years of his life on a country estate painting and struggling with arthritis. His son Jean (who later became the famous filmmaker) comes home from war to find an alluring young model working for his father. In addition to endless shots at the easel (with her posing nude), we watch her affect both men. All of this happens at the pace of the countryside with lovely cinematography, but little else. If you enjoy ur biographies slow and subtle, this is for you. Collapse

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