|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|
|Running time||111 minutes|
Renoir is a 2012 French drama film based on the last years of Renoir at Cagnes-sur-Mer during World War I. The film was directed by Gilles Bourdos and competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. 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 The film was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated. In January 2014, the film received four nominations at the 39th César Awards, winning for Best Costume Design.
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.
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.
- Michel Bouquet as Auguste Renoir
- Christa Theret as Andrée Heuschling
- Vincent Rottiers as Jean Renoir
- Thomas Doret as Coco
- Romane Bohringer as Gabrielle Renard
- Michèle Gleizer
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." Metacritic, which assigns a standardized score out of 100, rated the film 64 based on 23 reviews.
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