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Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos' lushly atmospheric drama RENOIR tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. The elder Renoir is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy when a young girl miraculously enters his world. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful, Andrée will become his last model, and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation. At the same time, Jean also falls under the spell of the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

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"With its warm colors and sweet streams of light, its love of both the countryside and the human form, it makes you dream of painting. Or making movies. Or just luxuriating in the brilliance."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"For those who just want to float away on waves of beauty, "Renoir" is a boating party."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"a bittersweet delight"
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"he soft Mediterranean light and the beautiful way in which the film is shot is certainly its strength. It is a pity that its tempo and story structure is not more engaging"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Gilles Bourdos' biopic is plenty pretty but the drama is a still life."
‑ , Scotsman
"Thanks to ace Taiwanese cameraman Mark Ping Bing Lee, it conveys the inspirational qualities of sun-dappled light and rosy flesh."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Stately to a fault, the film is not enough drama, too much still life."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Beautiful-looking but largely boring...There have been some terrific films about artists, but this isn't one of them."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Most films labor furiously, trying to infuse every frame with passion. Renoir is content to sit still, creating effortless beauty in the style of its subject, painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir."
‑ Cameron Meier, Orlando Weekly
"Overly dependent on the beauty of its Edenic setting, which is lushly photographed by Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Ping Bing Lee."
‑ Tom Dawson, The List
""Renoir" doesn't get much beneath the surface - but, good God, what a surface."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"One would expect a film about French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir to look beautiful, to be shot in warm, sumptuous colors. And one would not be disappointed in Gilles Bourdos' "Renoir.""
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Michel Bouquet's wonderful characterisation of Auguste Renoir remains the shining achievement of this delicate, reverential and sometimes gobsmackingly beautiful film"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Thanks to a remarkably unselfconscious performance from Christa Theret as Andrée Heuschling, we see the young model bringing the ageing impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir back to life - and ultimately inspiring his son Jean to become a filmmaker."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"You would need a soul of potash not to savour the delicious fauna and flattering southern light. But the film never gets far beyond the decorative."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
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