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Renoir (2013)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 64
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 20

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.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 6

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.



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Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos' lushly atmospheric drama RENOIR tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. The elder Renoir is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy when a young girl miraculously enters his world. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful, Andrée will become his last model, and the


Art House & International, Drama

Nov 5, 2013


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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (20)

With its warm colors and sweet streams of light, its love of both the countryside and the human form, it makes you dream of painting. Or making movies. Or just luxuriating in the brilliance.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Thanks to ace Taiwanese cameraman Mark Ping Bing Lee, it conveys the inspirational qualities of sun-dappled light and rosy flesh.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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"Renoir" doesn't get much beneath the surface - but, good God, what a surface.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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For those who just want to float away on waves of beauty, "Renoir" is a boating party.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Stately to a fault, the film is not enough drama, too much still life.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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One would expect a film about French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir to look beautiful, to be shot in warm, sumptuous colors. And one would not be disappointed in Gilles Bourdos' "Renoir."

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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a bittersweet delight

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Beautiful-looking but largely boring...There have been some terrific films about artists, but this isn't one of them.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Michel Bouquet's wonderful characterisation of Auguste Renoir remains the shining achievement of this delicate, reverential and sometimes gobsmackingly beautiful film

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

he soft Mediterranean light and the beautiful way in which the film is shot is certainly its strength. It is a pity that its tempo and story structure is not more engaging

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Most films labor furiously, trying to infuse every frame with passion. Renoir is content to sit still, creating effortless beauty in the style of its subject, painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

September 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Thanks to a remarkably unselfconscious performance from Christa Theret as Andrée Heuschling, we see the young model bringing the ageing impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir back to life - and ultimately inspiring his son Jean to become a filmmaker.

July 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Gilles Bourdos' biopic is plenty pretty but the drama is a still life.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Overly dependent on the beauty of its Edenic setting, which is lushly photographed by Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Ping Bing Lee.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

You would need a soul of potash not to savour the delicious fauna and flattering southern light. But the film never gets far beyond the decorative.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

The bright, warm sunlight of the Cte d'Azur casts a golden glow over a film set in the summer of 1915.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The story falters when it runs through its very traditional, even hackneyed arcs ...

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

This gives a new meaning to Truffaut's phrase le cinéma du papa.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

There is just something unsatisfying about Renoir, as a feature that promises so much and yet delivers so little.

June 24, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

A film of lazy days, sleepless nights and mellow moments that will likely test the patience of those unwilling to resign to its unhurried pace.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Rated R for 'art-related nudity.' By that standard, shouldn't the Louvre be Adults Only?

June 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A portrait of the artist as an old fart.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

You'll never look at a Renoir work the same way again, whether it's on a canvas or, in the case of Jean, celluloid. And for that, we can thank Andree Heushling, a beauty who inspired beauty in a most beautiful way.

May 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Renoir is one of those movies where all the pieces are in place for something intriguing and insightful. To that end, the film fails.

May 12, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Audience Reviews for Renoir

Portrait of the final days of impressionist painter Pierre-August Renoir, and of the growing affair between his son (future film director Jean) and a headstrong model. Beautiful looking, as befits the subject---with her glowing copper hair, Christa Theret looks like a painter's vision that's stepped off a canvas---but too often watching this slow-paced, reverent movie is like watching paint dry.
June 5, 2013
Greg S

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Andree Heuschling (Theret) is an important, but largely forgotten, figure in French cultural history, having been the last model to pose for the impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Bouquet) and the first actress to star in the films of his son, and her husband, Jean (Rottiers). Bourdos film focuses on the final months of the painter's life, in 1918, as Andree arrives to pose for him and ends up living in his plush Riviera home. When Jean arrives home from injured from fighting in The Great War, he immediately falls for the young model.

In the early days of the French film journal, Cahiers du Cinema, its writers expounded at length about the poor state of French cinema. 'Renoir' is exactly the type of film so often lambasted in the pages of the yellow-covered magazine, a bland cash-in on a French cultural icon which feels more like a tourist board commercial than any kind of drama. There's absolutely no dramatic weight to Bourdos' tale and you can't help sense he's trying to create a story where none exists. Andree arrives, Auguste paints her, Jean falls for her. That's all we get. There's nothing to get you involved in this story, one featuring privileged people for whom life comes far too easily.

The one piece of dramatic conflict rests on one of the ultimate period-piece cliches: the young man who chooses to return to the war rather than staying with his lover. We learn nothing of what may have influenced the work of Renoir, neither father nor son. Renoir Snr is portrayed as a dirty old man, constantly babbling about young flesh, while his son comes across as a bit of a drip, a poor match for the vitality of Andree.
If there's one thing this film gets right, it's the beautiful cinematography of Ping Bin-Lee, perfectly capturing the light of a Southern French summer. For the most part, 'Renoir' is nothing more than another piece of Tourist Board Cinema.
June 24, 2013
The Movie Waffler

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In 1915, Andree Heuschling(Christa Theret) takes a job as a model for famed painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir(Michel Bouquet). Instead of giving the old man a heart attack, his painting thrives again. Just as Andree considers herself a jack of all arts, Renoir's pre-teen son Claude(Thomas Doret) misunderstands, asking to see her breasts to which she flatly declines. As a consolation prize, he does get to see his brother Jean's(Vincent Rottiers) wound when he comes back from the war.

It is one thing to be told Jean Renoir's father was a great painter; it is another to see their relationship dramatized in the engaging biopic "Renoir" which also allows us to trace the father's influence on the son. That especially includes the bucolic scenes the father took great enjoyment in capturing for all eternity on his canvas in his own long gone oasis that we first glimpse as Andree effortlessly glides on her bicycle in orange. With mortality just lurking beneath the surface, this is also a time of transition, not only about generations, but also involving technology. The only significant problem with the movie is that it is too long, forcing a traditional narrative arc, instead of letting the material unfurl naturally.
April 8, 2013
Walter M.

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    1. Jean Renoir: Titian would have given his left arm for tits like that.
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