I saw this movie when I was in Paris in January and was happy to see it included in the line-up for the Festival here in Sydney.
I like the film a lot!: The performance of Michel Bouquet as an ageing Renoir and the sometime very graphic depiction of his illness - rhumatoid arthritis - but also the scenery of Provence - a background for my own childhood - which is beautifully captured by Ping Bin Lee - a Taiwanesse DoP with over 60 films to his credit, like "In the Mood for Love" and "Norvegian Wood".
I would be liing if I were not mentioning being quite taken by the young actress playing Renoir's last model: Crista Theret. Her rough beauty and character certainly add spice to the story.
In real life, she ended up marrying Jean Renoir, the famous French filmmaker.
The film paints a portrait of Renoir as a real "bon vivant' reminiscent of Monet, both fascinated by nature, good food and beautiful women.
A voir d'urgence!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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