Last week I thought I would be cultural and go and see a French film. There are so many great French films and as I speak fluent French it is a crime that I don’t go to see more of them. Being a huge fan of French artist Renoir, I was delighted when I saw that the biopic film of Renoir was still showing at my local cinema.
Directed by Gilles Bourdon, the film follows the later life of Pierre-Auguste Renoir at his home in Cote d’Azur. Aged 74 and have recently lost his wife, Renoir has taken up local girl Andree as his latest, and final, muse. Fiery coloured hair, youthful, plump skin, Andree is a bold character that brings energy back into the Renoir household. Renoir’s son, Jean, returns home to recover from an injury received whilst fighting in the great war. The film largely follows the influence that young Andree plays in the two men, one who is coming to the end of his life and the other whose life is just beginning.
Although the film isn’t particularly dramatic and we don’t learn anything new about Renoir, it is not for this reason that the film is a must-see. Cinematographer Mark Ping Bing Lee has given the film a dreamy feel, each scene looks like a Renoir tableau, it was very easy to become distracted by the beautiful surroundings and setting.
One of the most beautiful French films I’ve seen in a long time.