CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,
CinemaDave
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"Renoir" should be called "Renoirs"

As one would expect, **Renoir** is a pure art house movie, with a slow pace and gorgeous cinematography. Not quite a historical drama, the characters linger that one wants to learn more about the subjects - the family Renoir. In terms of the Summer Block Buster season, **Renoir** is the quiet vacation for people who want to get away from it all.

This movie would have been more accurately titled **Renoirs,** for it is a generational story about a father and his son. Painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet) is a crippled father who has yet to create his final masterpieces (**The Bathers**) with a paint brush, oils and optimal sunlight . A wounded warrior, Jean Renoir (Vincent Rottiers) limps his father's garden and talks about new things, like airplanes and moving pictures. Andr�e Heuschling (Christa Theret) is the object of both men's eyes, she is the muse who poses nude for Papa Renoir.

In spite of the impressionistic motifs, performances are good. The beauty is as real as a primavera Sunday afternoon, but so is the pain of a man struggling to pain with inflamed and gnarly hands. As the senior Renoir says, "The pain passes, beauty remains."
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