Renoir

LOOKING at a painting may instil the viewer with feelings of delight and admiration, but can also raise questions about the story behind the work. The film Renoir, directed by Gilles Bourdos, provides some answers.

A scene from the film RenoirA scene from the film Renoir (Source: Courtesy of Film Europe)

LOOKING at a painting may instil the viewer with feelings of delight and admiration, but can also raise questions about the story behind the work. The film Renoir, directed by Gilles Bourdos, provides some answers.

The movie depicts the final years of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s life, spent in the French Riviera during World War I. Here the old painter, suffering from the loss of his wife and the pains of arthritis and old age, lives a harmonious life, well isolated from the war. His peace is disturbed by a young woman, Andreé Heuschling, who eventually becomes the last model to work with the impressionist painter. After the return of the painter’s son, Jean, in convalescence due to a war-related injury, the story evolves into a bizarre love triangle.

The film Renoir was brought to Slovakia by Film Europe Media Company.

“Renoir is an exceptional film also within our acquisitions because it launches our conceptual dramaturgy,” Ivan Hronec, the director general of Film Europe Media Company said before the premiere of the firm in Bratislava in early March. The aim of the company is to present films about European fine artists either through cinema, its TV channels or during the Summer Cinema programme of the Slovak National Gallery.

The company has already purchased films about Danish painter Marie Kroyer and Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, and is interesting in acquiring a film about Caravaggio.

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