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France Picks ‘Renoir’ For Oscar’s Foreign-Language Race

16 September 2013 6:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gilles Bourdos’ “Renoir” is set to represent Gaul in the Oscar’s Foreign-language race.

Pic, which competed in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2012, was released Stateside by Samuel Goldwyn Films in March. The period drama is one of this year’s highest-grossing French films at the U.S. box office so far,  taking an estimated $2.2 million.

Repped by Wild Bunch and produced by Olivier Delbosc and Marc Missonnier at Fidelite Films, “Renoir” also proved an international sales success.

Bourdos, Jerome Tonnerre and Michel Spinosa co-wrote the script based on Jacques Renoir’s “Le Tableau amoureux.”

Set in The French Riviera in 1915, during Wwi, the film depicts the life of  French impressionist master Auguste Renoir and the early years of his son, Jean, who became a cult French filmmaker.

Scored by Alexandre Desplat, “Renoir” earned warm Cannes reviews highlighting the strong performances of its stars (Michel Bouquet, and newcomers Christa Theret »

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Renoir Review - Lots of beautiful images but little emotion

16 May 2013 8:45 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The final years of French Master Renoir prove to be dull in Gilles Bourdos’ bio-drama I lose count of the beautiful moments throughout co-writer/director Gilles Bourdos artist bio Renoir; an admiring story about French master Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet) in his final years co-written by Bourdos, Michel Spinosa, Jérôme Tonnerre and based on the work of Jacques Renoir, the great-grandson of the famous painter. A paintbrush dips into a glass of water and adds a spinning swirl of red pigment. Water sprays from a garden hose and becomes a sparkler for light droplets. Renoir’s female servants take to the river alongside his country home in Cagnes-sur-Mer and swim. They are carefree, laughing, comfortable with their bodies and truly beautiful. »

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Review: Renoir

10 May 2013 8:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

As the crème de la crème of the film industry begins invading the French Riviera for the 2013 Festival de Cannes, it is quite apropros for a movie about one of the Impressionist masters who spent his last days in the lush French countryside to open this week at the Regal Arbor here in Austin.

Based upon Jacques Renoir's work Le Tableau Amoureux, director and screenwriter Gilles Bourdos' drama Renoir paints a lush vignette of the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet) at the age of 74. Arthritis wreaks havoc on his body, and his middle son Jean (Vincent Rottiers) is dealing with his own combat wounds from his World War I mobilization.

The pair are both enamored and inspired by Renoir's latest model, the fiery headstrong young Andrée (Christa Theret). Pierre-Auguste's grief over the death of his wife Aline is lightened by Andrée's free-spirited nature and graceful body. Despite »

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Renoir Movie Review

22 March 2013 4:59 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Renoir Samuel Goldwyn Films Director: Gilles Bourdos Screenwriter: Jerome Tonnerre, Gilles Bourdos, Michel Spinosa, based on the book “Le Tableau armoureux” by Jacques Renoir Cast: Michel Bouquet, Christa Théret, Vincent Rottiers, Thomas Doret, Romane Bohringer Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 3/21/13 Opens: March 29, 2013 A small percentage of the world’s people have a talent so immense that the rest of us may wonder what goes on in their personal lives to shape their avocations. Many in this elite circle may have unexceptional lives not worthy of the interest of a biographer, a novelist of a filmmaker. Not so Pierre-August Renoir, who may have been genetically privileged to be  [ Read More ]

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