The Côte dAzur. 1915. In his twilight years, Pierre-Auguste Renoir is tormented by the loss of his wife, the pains of arthritic old age and the terrible news that his son Jean has been wounded in action. But when a young girl miraculously enters his world, the old painter is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful, Andrée will become his last model, and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation. Back at the family home to convalesce, Jean too falls under the spell of the new, redheaded star in the Renoir firmament. In their Mediterranean Eden - and in the face of his father's fierce opposition - he falls in love with this wild, untameable spirit... and as he does so, within weak-willed, battle-shaken Jean, a filmmaker begins to grow.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 64
- Fresh: 44
- Rotten: 20
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The performances are assured, the ambiance impeccable and the themes resonant.
Fresh: The director Gilles Bourdos's sunshiny Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man.
Fresh: "Renoir" doesn't get much beneath the surface - but, good God, what a surface.
Rotten: If you love the paintings of Auguste Renoir or the films of his son Jean, there's a good chance you'll sit through this slow-moving prestige item.