Renoir (film)

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Film poster
Directed by Gilles Bourdos
Written by Jérome Tonnerre, Michel Spinosa and Gilles Bourdos
Starring Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Vincent Rottiers and Thomas Doret
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Mark Lee Ping Bin
Edited by Yannick Kergoat
Distributed by Mars Films, Samuel Goldwin
Release date(s)
  • 25 May 2012 (2012-05-25) (Cannes)
Running time 111 minutes[1]
Country France
Language French
Budget $6,000,000
Box office $5,808,246[2]

Renoir is a 2012 French drama film based on the last years of Renoir at Cagnes-sur-Mer during World War I.[3] The film was directed by Gilles Bourdos and competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[4][5] Renoir has achieved critical and commercial success both in France and abroad, most notably in the United States where it is on the Critic's Pick list of The New York Times[5] The film was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[6][7][8] but it was not nominated. In January 2014, the film received four nominations at the 39th César Awards,[9] winning for Best Costume Design.[10]


The film tells the forgotten story of Andrée Heuschling, also known as Catherine Hessling, who was the last model of impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and the first actor in the films of his son, the film director Jean Renoir. Andree was the link between two famous and widely acclaimed artists, a father and son. While the father is at the end his brilliant career, the son is still searching for himself, his great career as one of the most celebrated movie directors having not yet begun. The film is set in the south of France during World War I and stars Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Thomas Doret and Vincent Rottiers.[11][12]

Director Gilles Bourdos used the services of a convicted art forger, Guy Ribes, to create and re-create the Renoir paintings in live action on screen.[11]



The film received generally favorable reviews from critics. The film-critics aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported 72% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 60 reviews, with an average score of 6.6/10. The critical consensus is: "Appropriately enough, Renoir offers viewers a drama of sumptuous beauty—which is more than enough to offset its frustratingly slow pace and rather thinly written screenplay."[13] Metacritic, which assigns a standardized score out of 100, rated the film 64 based on 23 reviews.[14]

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  1. ^ McCarthy, Todd. "Renoir: Film Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  2. ^ "Renoir (2012)". JP' Box-Office. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  3. ^ "Film review: Renoir". The Upcoming. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  4. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  5. ^ a b Pulver, Andrew (30 April 2012). "Cannes 2012: seven films join the lineup". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  6. ^ "Renoir biopic to be France's official Oscars submission". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-09-17. 
  7. ^ "Renoir représentera la France aux Oscars 2014". L'Express. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  8. ^ Richford, Rhonda (16 September 2013). "Oscars: France Nominates 'Renoir' in Foreign Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  9. ^ Richford, Rhonda. "Berenice Bejo, Lea Seydoux, Roman Polanski Among France's Cesar Awards Nominees". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Richford, Rhonda. "France's Cesar Awards: 'Me, Myself and Mum' Wins Best Film". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Rendez Vous with French Cinema, The New York Times retrieved 2013-03-25.
  12. ^ Anderson, John (22 March 2013). "A Forger’s Impressions of Impressionism". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  13. ^ "Renoir". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Renoir Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 

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