El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013)



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Summer of 1943. In an occupied France, not far away from the Spanish border, a famous old sculptor who is tired of life and wars finds the desire to work on his last masterpiece when a beautiful young Spanish girl comes knocking after escaping a refugee camp in the South of France.
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Jean Rochefort
as Marc Cros
Aida Folch
as Merce
Götz Otto
as Werner
Martin Gamet
as Pierre
Mateo Deluz
as Henri
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This film has its own nature, almost its own reality. The sudden finish almost seems meant to make it our responsibility to comprehend the whole.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
The New Republic
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That old arthouse chestnut, about the restorative power of naked young women, gets another outing in this pretty but superficial musing on the creative process.

Full Review… | September 9, 2013
Time Out
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The film's insights about beauty are ... superficial. They amount to such commonplace observations as the fact that no two leaves are alike.

Full Review… | August 29, 2013
Washington Post
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"The Artist and the Model" is a contemplative ode to creativity and imagination.

Full Review… | August 29, 2013
Miami Herald
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It is about inspiration and beauty, of course - and Folch, as a vagabond who escaped from a Spanish refugee camp, is certainly inspiring and beautiful.

Full Review… | August 22, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Partly about the importance of fresh observation, the film has little new to say about life, inspiration or art.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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"The Artist and the Model" starts with Lea(Claudia Cardinale) noticing Merce(Aida Folch) sleeping in a doorway in occupied France. It turns out that Merce is a refugee from Franco's Spain, having spent some time in a camp. Sensing an opportunity, Lea offers Merce room, board and a little money in exchange for posing nude for her husband Marc(Jean Rochefort), a sculptor, which she accepts. Lea is right that Merce is the right physical type for her husband's artwork, even though Merce wish nobody else would stop by. As far as diversions go, "The Artist and the Model" is a perfectly respectable and pleasant one, filmed in black and white with a few old school dissolves to boot. While it may seem strange for such a story to be set during World War II, just remember that wars are not always fought without a break. And I like Marc's original take on the biblical creation of men and women, as this is not the first time a Garden of Eden analogy could be applied to nude posing.(As somebody else once pointed out, "Sirens" would be the other movie.) At first, the camera respects Merce's initial reticence at posing before she becomes much more comfortable, eschewing a fig leaf, and even sleeping in the buff.

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