The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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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).
It's a touching evocation of friendship, brotherly competition and artistic courage at the cusp of a new century.
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.
It does look rather like a bit of stately cinéma du papa. Yet there is an edge and a mordancy to it.
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.
Essentially, it's just under two hours of exquisitely art-directed conversation, little of which is especially compelling.
For as grandiose as their accomplishments and notoriety, overall, Cézanne Et Moi feels like it comes up a bit short in its retelling of their relationship.
It's a collection of patterns, all realized without much visual bravado or self-examination. Which, for a film about a novelist and painter is... well, you know.
It's just a shame that women of Cézanne Et Moi, who are much more fascinating characters, take a back seat to these one-note characterizations famous men.
What makes this [film] stand out amongst the rest are the performances from a top notch cast, as well as the dynamic relationship between two masters in their fields.
A portrait on the adventures of two geniuses whose lives go in parallel but seem to go against it. [Full review in Spanish]
The movie doesn't have enough to say about either Cezanne's art or Zola's writing.
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