Renoir is content to go with the flow “like a cork in a stream”, creating effortless beauty in the style of its namesake, painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
In his twilight years, Renoir is tormented by the death of his wife and the news that his sons have been injured in World War 1, but the arrival of Andrée Heuschling (Christa Théret), Renoir’s last model, sees him filled with a new, unexpected energy.
Théret’s ability to remain unselfconscious combined with the sweet countryside, beautifully convey the sun-dappled light and rosy flesh of a true Renoir painting.
French filmmaker Gilles Bourdos’s dreamy biography of Renoir is filled with drama and captures the lifestyle of 1915 with respect. (AE)
BY ALEXANDRA ENGLISH