Rodin (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Rodin falls prey to the most common pitfall of artist biopics: depicting creative work without ever really unlocking what it means or why it's important.

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Paris, 1880. 40 year-old Rodin (Vincent Lindon) finally receives his first state commission, "The Gates of Hell," which will include "The Kiss" and "The Thinker," two of his most famous creations. Constantly working, he shares his life with his lifelong partner, Rose (Séverine Caneele) and his mistress, the young Camille Claudel (Izïa Higelin,) the gifted student who becomes his assistant and a talented sculptor in her own right during a decade of passion, mutual admiration and creative collaboration. Following their painful break up, Rodin continues to work relentlessly while facing both the rejection and enthusiasm provoked by the sensuality and originality of his sculptures. Rodin's statue of Balzac, long in the making and rejected during his lifetime, will become the starting point of modern sculpture.

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (11)

Doillon's filmmaking perfectly matches the passion of Rodin, like a musician biopic that feels like one of their songs.

Jun 1, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A cooped-up slog.

Jun 1, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Not since Jacques Rivette's magnificent La Belle Noiseuse (1991) has a film zeroed in on creative process with the same obsessive care it devotes to the artist's volatile love life.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…
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It's a movie that already seems like a dust-gathered statue, rather than something vividly, imaginatively crafted to reflect the burning intensity of so passionate and forward-minded an artist.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Auguste Rodin made sculptures of extraordinary expressiveness. "Rodin" offers two hours of actors struggling to appear lifelike.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

The real Rodin imbued his clay with reverent, lusty life, while Doillon merely offers a buffet of nude day players.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

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