On 31, Jan 2013 | In | By fffdemo
de Gilles Bourdos
The Côte d’Azur. 1915. In his twilight years, Pierre-Auguste Renoir is tormented by the loss of his wife, the pains of arthritic old age and the terrible news that his son Jean has been wounded in action. But when a young girl miraculously enters his world, the old painter is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy.
Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful Andrée will become his last model, and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation.
Back at the family home to convalesce, Jean too falls under the spell of the new, red-headed star in the Renoir firmament. In their Mediterranean Eden – and in the face of his father’s fierce opposition – he falls in love with this wild, untameable spirit… and as he does so, within weak-willed, battle-shaken Jean, a filmmaker begins to grow.
The film is a visual delight with Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Ping Bing Lee (In the Mood for Love) sensitively capturing the Mediterranean light and landscapes. Coupled with a beautiful musical score by Academy Award-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat, Renoir takes an appreciative look at Andrée’s impact on the lives of the great painter and his son.