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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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Doillon's filmmaking perfectly matches the passion of Rodin, like a musician biopic that feels like one of their songs.
A cooped-up slog.
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.
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.
Auguste Rodin made sculptures of extraordinary expressiveness. "Rodin" offers two hours of actors struggling to appear lifelike.
The real Rodin imbued his clay with reverent, lusty life, while Doillon merely offers a buffet of nude day players.
The life of Auguste Rodin. A genius. A male fatale with his female fatale. A piece of audiovisual art. [Full review in Spanish]
Doillon's film opens with Auguste Rodin working on his sculptural interpretation of Dante's The Gates of Hell. It is all too tempting to see this as a metaphor for the film as a whole.
Rodin is better off being remembered for the works he created than this work about him.
While it warms up a bit in the second half, Doillon only manages a rather obscure, even myopic depiction of Rodin's considerable cultural iconography.
There's an impressive preciousness to the photography. [Full Review in Spanish]
The script, written by Doillon himself, manages to incorporate with some harmony the artistic thought of the sculptor in the course of this epic tale. [Full Review in Spanish]
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