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The Artist and the Model -- Marc Cros, an elderly sculptor, lives with his wife Lea in the south of France, safe from the War that rages in the distance. He seems to have reached the end of his life and of his art. One day, Léa gives shelter to a beautiful young Spanish political refugee named Mercè. Marc soon understands that the girl, who agrees to pose for him, inspires him and that he has no choice but to embark on this last artistic (and sensual) adventure..


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Marc Cros, an elderly sculptor, lives with his wife Lea in the south of France, safe from the War that rages in the distance... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jean Rochefort ... Marc Cros

Aida Folch ... Mercè

Claudia Cardinale ... Léa
Chus Lampreave ... María

Götz Otto ... Werner
Christian Sinniger ... Emile
Martin Gamet ... Pierre
Mateo Deluz ... Henri
Simon Guilbert ... Cura
Alain Torrent ... Campesino mercado
Michel Jaquesmin ... Patrón café
Dorian Astrou ... Niños
Albam Riou ... Niños
Guillaume Virag ... Niños
Sarah Villesvieille ... Niños
Aniol Llop ... Niños
Anna Julia Chafer ... Niños
Liam Chafer ... Niños
Aniol Cañada ... Niños
Berta Cañada ... Niños
Carla Brunsó ... Niños
Aina Bramona ... Niños
Sergi Comerma ... Niños
Jan Aranda ... Niños
Marc Fernandez ... Niños
Pol Fernandez ... Niños
Mireia Masdeu ... Niños
Adrià Andurell ... Niños
Quim Güell ... Niños
Genís Cros ... Niños
Miquel Puig ... Niños
Ramon Codina ... Músico plaza (as Ramón Codina)
Agustí Planadecursach ... Chófer
Michel Brigand ... Manos

Directed by
Fernando Trueba 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Claude Carrière 
Fernando Trueba 

Produced by
Anne Deluz .... associate producer
Cristina Huete .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Daniel Vilar 
Film Editing by
Marta Velasco 
Production Design by
Pilar Revuelta 
Costume Design by
Lala Huete 
Makeup Department
Agnès Gourin-Fayn .... makeup & hair assistant
Sylvie Imbert .... makeup artist
Noé Montes .... hair stylist
Montserrat Santfeliu .... makeup & hair assistant
Dominique Segonds .... makeup & hair assistant
Amparo Sánchez .... makeup & hair assistant
Chantal Torres .... makeup & hair assistant (as Chantal Thorres)
Production Management
Béatrice Bizet .... unit production manager
Angélica Huete .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nathan Blume .... director trainee
Anne Deluz .... first assistant director
Art Department
Miguel Ángel Alves .... art department team
Alex Bagan .... carpenter (as Alejandro Bagan)
Léonard Bardotti .... construction assistant
Aida Bañuelos .... art department team
Mateo Tomás Bañuelos .... art department team
Tomás Bañuelos .... art department team
Michel Brigand .... on-set artist
Jordi Casas .... modeler
Absalón Cendales .... props
Luis F. Lancho .... art department team
Paula Fernández .... art department team
Aida Folch .... art model
Emma G. Castellano .... art department team
Olivier Garcia .... art trainee
Ana Gutiérrez .... property master
Bryan Hurtado .... props
María Iglesias .... art department team
Pablo Isidoro .... art department team
Jacob Jové .... construction coordinator
Ángel Luis López .... art department team
Philippe Mayanobe .... assistant decorator
Chincho Monsalve .... second assistant decorator
Arturo Revuelta .... second assistant decorator
Esther Roca .... art trainee
Julià Rocha .... art trainee
Marc Ruiz .... painter
Irene Terrón .... art model
Maximilien Teubner .... art trainee
Adrián Vega .... art department team
Sound Department
Bernard Chaumeil .... boom operator
Álex F. Capilla .... foley artist
Eduardo G. Castro .... foley mixer
Eduardo G. Castro .... supervising sound editor
Pierre Gamet .... sound
Ana Belén Martín .... sound producer: La Bocina
Miguel Muñoz Huete .... assistant sound editor (as Miguel Huete)
Miguel Muñoz Huete .... sound editing assistant
Nacho Royo-Villanova .... foley mixer
Nacho Royo-Villanova .... sound re-recording mixer
Sergio Testón .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Juan Manuel Nogales .... visual effects supervisor (as Juanma Nogales)
Ana Rubio .... visual effects producer
Camera and Electrical Department
Loie Barche .... making-of
Fernando Beltrán .... gaffer
Xavier Esbri .... additional electrician (as Xavier Esbrí)
Julio Fernández Santa .... key grip (as Julio Fernández)
Hugo González .... grip
Kevin González .... additional electrician
Adam Lagappe .... additional electrician
Oliver Ledwith .... first assistant camera
Vanessa Pavie-Crottier .... still photographer (as Vanessa Crottier)
Paco Román .... electrician
Iván Sequeira .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Véronique Havivel .... second costume assistant
Eve Meunier .... costume assistant
Sonia Sivel .... costume assistant
Eva Urquiza .... assistant costume designer (as Eva Urkiza)
Editorial Department
Chema Alba .... digital intermediate colorist
Olmo León .... first assistant editor
José Luis Martínez .... on-line editor
Marga Villalonga .... post-production coordinator
Transportation Department
Carlos López Castillo .... transportation
Other crew
Nerea Aizpurua .... production coordinator
Jordi Bassaganyes .... production trainee
Goeffroy Coulange .... production trainee
Florent Delforn .... production team
Mercè Domènech .... production trainee
Isabelle Duvoisin .... press attache: France
Daniel Fortià .... production trainee
Mathieu Havart .... production trainee
David Lemasle .... production trainee
Pedro Lorite .... administrator
Carlos Martínez .... production trainee
Jean-Paul Muller .... production trainee
Juan Reguera .... location manager
Maloles Rodríguez .... production assistant
Marta Sala .... production trainee
Angel Uelés .... production trainee
Benjamín Vidal .... production team
Mounia Wissinger .... press attache: France
Rafael Azcona .... the director wishes to thank
Eduardo Cañadas .... in memory of
Pierre Gamet .... dedicatee
David Hockney .... the director wishes to thank
Olivier Lorquin .... the director wishes to thank (as Monsieur Olivier Lorquin)
Germana Matta .... the producers wish to thank
Laurence Picollec .... special thanks
Benoît de Sabatino .... the producers wish to thank
Máximo Trueba .... dedicatee
Dina Vierny .... the director wishes to thank

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Also Known As:
"El artista y la modelo" - Spain (original title)
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Rated R for sequences of graphic nudity
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Trueba had had this project in store since 1990. Initally he was to make this film in collaboration with Maximo, his sculptor brother. But his brother died and he gave up the whole thing until 2010.See more »
Marc Cros:There are two proofs that God exists. The first and most important is the woman's body. Genesis and all that is malarkey. Can you imagine God creating man? There is no need to make God look like a fool... All this beauty, paradise. And then he thought of creating a being for Himself...See more »
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Lively and gorgeous drama set in France during WWII and masterfully realized by Fernando Trueba, 21 September 2013
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

Splendid film from the Academy Award winning director of ¨Belle Epoque¨ and ¨Chico and Rita¨ . It deals with a semi-retired sculptor Marc Cros (Jean Rochefort) , an old artist , lives with his wife named Lea (performed by ex-Italian bombshell Claudia Cardinale) who is now in his seventies and thickly bespectacled housekeeper (Chus Lampreave) , all of them reside in the rural south of France , in the middle but safe of the WWII that rages in the distance . He seems to have reached the end of his life and of his art . One day, Léa gives shelter to a marvelous young Spanish political refugee called Mercè (Aida Folch) . Their life is simplistic and gentle , experiencing little impact from the war that rages on in the north of the occupied country by Nazis (Gotz Otto) . The arrival of the young girl inspires the artist to once again to draw and develop his artistic skills . Marc soon understands that the girl, who agrees to pose for him, inspires him and gives life .

Enjoyable drama with historical elements about France occupation from Nazis ; including enjoyable performances , adequate set design and delightfully shot . Thought-provoking as well as touching tale about an elderly sculptor who embarks on this last artistic and sensual adventure . ¨The artist and the model¨ results to be an agreeable story to deal with youthful , beauty , art , being developed in mirth , lively and vital style , though a sad ending . A very pleasant drama , plenty of sensitivity , emotion , artistic scenes and abundant nudism in charge of Aida Folch . This is Trueba's return to top form, with an intelligent and engaging script which uses entertaining situations to give us a good movie in a high sense and intimate sensitivity and that kept me entertained for the almost two hours of duration . It is well set and is as marvelously filmed as it is written and acted . This is one of those rare gems that does not stray from its purpose - to be a celebration of love , nature , and romance and sensitive tale of an old man to seek and find the beauty . Oscarized director Fernando Trueba , also writes the interesting script along with prestigious screenwriter Jean Claude Carriere , Luis Buñuel's ordinary . Filmed in his usual formal and luxurious style , without leaving a trace the joyful themes , in terms of dramatic and narrative excitement . The tone of The Artist and The Model is warm and reflective, centred on the contrasting dynamic of the gypsy -like Mercè , Aida Folch - housed by our couple , Rochefort-Cardinale , after escaping war-torn Spain - and the wizened, yet passionate Marc . The film is light and never somber, no small accomplishment from Fernando Trueba and his team . Starring French character actor Jean Rochefort - adds to the director's already eclectic oeuvre, making for satisfying viewing. Fernando Trueba had thought about doing this movie for years but it wasn't until his choice for the character Jean Rochefort called him up and said that he was going to retire that Trueba finally decided to go ahead and do it.

When Fernando Trueba discussed the idea of the movie with Aida Folch, without even a screenplay, Folch left everything in Spain and moved to Paris for a few months to learn French properly and be ready for the project. Very good secondary cast formed by familiar faces such as Chus Lampreave , Gotz Otto and veteran Claudia Cardinale . Luxurious and evocative cinematography in black and white, shot in sumptuous monochrome , by Daniel Vilar , one of the best Spanish cameramen who has efficiently worked in Hollywood .Being filmed on location in wonderful landscapes from Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France ,Olot, Girona, Catalonia, Spain . Trueba had had this project in store since 1990 , initially he was to make this film in collaboration with Maximo, his sculptor brother , but his brother died and he gave up the whole thing until 2010. In fact , the film is dedicated to his brother , Maximo Trueba , and sound engineer , Pierre Genet , both of whom sadly deceased .

This simple , attractive and delightful motion picture was well directed by Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba , as the flick is entertaining and well worth your time . His first success was Ópera Prima (1980) following the style of the "Madrid comedy". Trueba had major success with Sé Infiel y No mires Quién (1985) also known as : Be Wanton and Tread No Shame , starting a longer collaboration with the producer Andrés Vicente Gómez . He went on directing numerous successes such as Coarse salt , Too Much , Year of Enlightment , Milagro de Candeal , Niña De Tus Ojos or The Girl of Your Dreams , Calle 54 , Embrujo De Shanghai , Chico and Rita and recently : The Artist and the Model. The multi-award winner in Spain Fernando Trueba was President of the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and he received the 1994 Oscar for Best Foreign Film to Belle Epoque (1992)and when accepting his Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, director (Fernando Trueba) said: "I would like to believe in God in order to thank him for this prize, but I only believe in (Billy Wilder), so... Thank you, Mr. Wilder!". Wilder himself reportedly phoned Trueba a few days later for acknowledgment and told him: "Hello Fernando, I'm God".

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