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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 designer
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
Location Management
Juan Reguera .... location manager
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
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 »
Cura:Shame on you.
Niños:Father, it was Henri. He's going to be a painter when he grows up.
Cura:A painter?
Niños:So he can watch naked women all day.
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Art is life. Life is art, 28 May 2013
Author: guy-bellinger ( from Montigny-lès-Metz, France

Movies like "Belle époque" or "Two Much", directed by Spanish filmmaker Fernando Trueba, were pleasant but rather shallow. But for some time (particularly since "Chico & Rita" in 2010), Trueba's cinema, while still celebrating woman and her beauty, has become more and more profound, something art lovers will certainly not complain about. Belonging to this vein,"L'artiste et son modèle" ("The Artist and the Model" in the USA), the Spanish director's latest effort, not only displays this newly acquired maturity but it is even downright close to perfection. As a matter of fact the viewers, provided they are not put off by the film's slow contemplative rhythm (but a rhythm there is), will be invited to a fascinating journey into the heart of things, into the essence of life. No less! With "The Artist and the Model", Trueba has not made just another movie, but achieved a real work of art that touches us deeply, building on a very simple but all the more powerful story: Marc, an elderly sculptor living in the heart of nature, far from the madding war (I mean World War II), finds a new muse in the (charming) person of a young Spanish refugee and undertakes the last (and certainly the most important) work of his life. And this is not just another story either, but one told with oozing sincerity and total commitment. Both sensual and philosophical, Marc's last adventure (inspired by the last experiences of Aristide Maillol working with his final muse Diana Vierny) allows Fernando Trueba to examine two themes of utmost importance to him: his love of beauty and particularly of the female body and his love of art (and of sculpture in particular). Another mark of dedication is the emotional tribute he pays to his brother, a famous sculptor who died prematurely in the 1990s. Now at the top of his art, the formerly superficial director has become able to describe life and nothing else, without relying on any easy plot twist or cinematic effect, without the obvious advantages of color (but what a luminous black and white cinematography!), without the support of a musical score (but what an enhancement of the sounds produced by nature, by objects moving, by human voices!).

Having, more than one common point with the character he embodies, Jean Rochefort is the right man in the right place. Like the aging sculptor, he is at the end of a long and successful career. Like Mercè's sculpture for Marc, this film could well be the achievement of Rochefort's life time. In any case, the French actor, who lends the old sculptor his own weary and caustic sensibility, is the right man. His female partner, Aida Folch, who plays Mercè, the young model, gives off the right dose of sensuality while managing to make apparent her intelligence and her strong convictions beyond the academic beauty of her body. In the more discreet role of Marc's longtime wife, Claudia Cardinale turns a convincing performance.

"L'artiste et son modèle" is one of the best films made on the theme of artists at work. Its message is, just like its script, both simple and powerful : "Learn to look at the world around you. Do not be content to give a sweeping, utilitarian look, try to see things and living creatures the way they are, in all their tell-tale details. Just the way Marc teaches Mercè to look at a Rembrandt drawing in one of the most fascinating scenes of the movie. A valuable lesson, both of art and life.

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