Cezanne and I (Cézanne et Moi)

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This historical drama traces the lifelong friendship between two renowned 19th century French artists -- painter Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) and writer Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet) -- from their first meeting as schoolmates to their creative rivalry as fame and success continue to elude Cézanne. Written and directed by Danièle Thompson.


Guillaume Gallienne
as Paul Cézanne
Guillaume Canet
as Emile Zola
Alice Pol
as Alexandrine Zola
Déborah François
as Hortense Cézanne
Sabine Azéma
as Elisabeth Cézanne
Gerard Meylan
as Louis-Auguste Cézanne
Laurent Stocker
as Ambroise Vollard
Isabelle Candelier
as Émilie Zola
Pierre Yvon
as Batistin Baille
Félicien Juttner
as Guy de Mautpassant
Flore Babled
as Angèle Baille
Romain Lancry
as Anchille Emperaire
Nicolas Gob
as Édouard Manet
Christian Hecq
as Père Tanguy
Hortense Cezanne
as Deborah François
Romain Cottard
as Camille Pissarro
Alexandre Kouchner
as Auguste Renoir
Pablo Cisneros
as Francesco Oller
Emilie Alfieri
as Servante Cezanne
Agathe Goussard
as Marie, la soeur de Paul
Nicolas Messica
as Paul, le fils de Cezanne
Corinne Puget
as La vendeuse
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  • The lifelong friendship between painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Emile Zola gets a sensitive but occasionally soapy treatment from French writer-director Danièle Thompson (Jet Lag).

    Apr 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It's a touching evocation of friendship, brotherly competition and artistic courage at the cusp of a new century.

    Apr 20, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is sumptuous and sensuous to behold but a bit chilly on the heart and hazy on the mind, thanks no doubt to the prickly protagonists and the breadth of coverage.

    Apr 14, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It does look rather like a bit of stately cinéma du papa. Yet there is an edge and a mordancy to it.

    Apr 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The artist's life as presented here is interesting, and you have to admire someone who can work with the same intensity, over the course of decades, in the face of indifference and rejection.

    Apr 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Essentially, it's just under two hours of exquisitely art-directed conversation, little of which is especially compelling.

    Apr 12, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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