After reluctantly allowing her nephew and two nieces to spend the summer with her in Paris, American born aspiring impressionist Mary Cassatt finds inspiration in her family. Meanwhile, the children conspire with a young gardener to form a relationship between their aunt and the anti-social painter Edgar Degas. Written by
Amy Brenneman does her best with a weak script concerning a few months in Mary Cassatt's life in Paris of 1887. Loaded with late 20th Century-style dialogue, such as a girl yearning independence by "having it all", it is aimed solely at latter-day teenaged girls without a hint of the period's necessary history. The costumes & sets are lovely, and the recreations of some of Cassatt's early classic works are interesting, if again historically inaccurate: according to Mark Harden's Artchive, the little girl on the blue chair was the daughter of a friend of Degas', not Miss Cassatt's niece.
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