Film: Renoir and His Twilight Years
The bright Summer sunlight of the Cote d’Azur cast a golden glow over Renoir, greatly enhancing the appeal of an impeccably crafted, tenderly felt traditional period piece. Dramatising a defining moment in the lives of Pierre-August Renoir and his young son Jean, the film offers a tasteful, sensitively handled production that should readily appeal to an older demographic and to the arthouse audience who have supported similar works down the years from Camille Claudel to Seraphine.
Set on the French Riviera in 1915, Renoir follows Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet), who is tormented by the loss of his wife, the pains of arthritis, and the news that his son Jean (Vincent Rottiers) has been wounded in action.
When the incandescent Andrée, aka Dédé (newcomer Christa Théret,) miraculously enters his world, the artist is filled with an unexpected energy. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful Dédé will become Renoir’s last model inspiring some of his most renowned works including Les baigneuses (The Bathers).
Back at the family home in Cagnes-sur-Mer to convalesce, Jean too falls under the spell of the new, redheaded 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, untamable spirit, and as he does so, within weak-willed, battle-shaken Jean, a filmmaker begins to grow.
Gilles BOURDOS – Director
Gilles BOURDOS – Screenplay
Jérôme TONNERRE – Screenplay
Avec La Collaboration De Michel SPINOSA – Screenplay
Mark PING BING LEE – Cinematography
Benoit BAROUH – Set Designer
Alexandre DESPLAT – Music
Yannick KERGOAT – Film Editor
Valérie DELOOF – Sound
Cyril HOLTZ – Sound
François WALEDISCH – Sound
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Michel BOUQUET – Auguste Renoir
Christa THÉRET – Andrée
Vincent ROTTIERS – Jean Renoir
Thomas DORET – Coco