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“Color should control the structure of a work, not line.” So opines Pierre-August Renoir in Gilles Bourdos’ oversaturated but ultimately underwhelming examination of two generations of Renoirs: the aforementioned painter, enfeebled by arthritis in his seventh decade, and his son, Jean, who would go on to become arguably the greatest filmmaker of the first half of the 20th century. Like the elder Renoir, the film Renoir rejoices in the sensual pleasures of Provençal life (it’s easy to have joie de vivre when your vivre consists of seaside villas, lavish parties, naps and picnics) and celebrates the beauty of the female form, specifically the form of actress Christa Theret, who spends roughly 60 minutes in the buff. Like a nice dry Côtes du Rhône, Renoir is mildly intoxicating, but as Bourdos thickly applies his azure blues and lemon yellows, it all but collapses under the weight of its own prettiness.

Special Note

Fox Tower
  • Genres: Drama
  • Running Time: 111 minutes
  • Release Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
  • Country: France
  • Language: French
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Brief Language, Seq. of Art-Related Nudity ]
  • Critic's Score: B-
  • Starring: Michel Bouquet [Auguste Renoir], Christa Theret [Andrée Heuschling], Vincent Rottiers [Jean Renoir]
  • Directed by: Gilles Bourdos [Director], Gilles Bourdos [Screenwriter], Michel Spinosa [Screenwriter], Jerome Tonnerre [Screenwriter], Christine De Jekel [Executive Producer], Olivier Delbosc [Producer], Marc Missonnier [Producer], Alexandre Desplat [Original Music], Mark Bing Lee [Cinematographer], Valérie Deloof [Film Editor], Cyril Holtz [Film Editor], Yannick Kergoat [Film Editor], Elsa Pharaon [Casting], Benoît Barouh [Production Design], Pascaline Chavanne [Costume Designer]
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