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Wed, 06/12/2013 - 15:05 -- Anonymous (not verified)

By Bob Gibbons

RenoirLike the paintings Pierre-Auguste Renoir created, this is a movie filled with visual splendor.  The cinematography (by Ping Bin Lee from Taiwan) is absolutely gorgeous.  People wear bright blues and oranges; dappled light plays on leaves and softly rounds human figures. Backgrounds are minimal; most scenes take place out of doors.  Renoir’s model, Andree (Christa Theret) is most often posing nude – and she really is a beautiful young woman.  But the movie is a stuck in neutral; the elder Renoir (Michel Bouquet) paints and pontificates; his middle son, Jean (Vincent Rottiers) limps and listens, Andree poses and pouts – and then they do it all again.  For almost two hours.  It’s as if film director just wants us to enjoy the people he’s placed in this tableau and – as if we’re looking at a Renoir still life – to imagine what is really going on.