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Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste -- returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Coco Renoir
Michèle Gleizer ...
Aline Renoir
Laurent Poitrenaux ...
Pierre Renoir
Annelise Heimburger ...
La boulangère
Sylviane Goudal ...
La Grand'Louise
Solène Rigot ...
Emmanuelle Lepoutre ...
La Médecine
Carlo Brandt ...
Docteur Pratt
Le brocanteur (as Thierry Hancisse de la Comédie Française)
Alice Barnole ...
Fille cabaret
Jean Adrien Espiasse ...
Aviateur cabaret 1 (as Jean-Adrien Espiasse)


Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste -- returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his side is Andrée, a young woman who rejuvenates, enchants, and inspires both father and son. Written by Samuel Goldwyn Films

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Rated R for sequences of art-related nudity and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 January 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Реноар  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$65,194 (USA) (29 March 2013)


$2,291,047 (USA) (20 September 2013)

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1.85 : 1
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Official submission of France to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »


The second time Renoir draws Andrée, after sending Coco/Claude away, the shot of Andree topless goes back and forth, each time her hair changes from draped over her front to behind her back. It is so obvious it's hard to believe anyone missed it. See more »


Andrée Heuschling: I paint like a child.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir: That's a good thing. My whole life, I tried to paint like a child.
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References Les vampires (1915) See more »


No time blues
By Patrick Artero and Philippe Baudouin
Performed by Patrick Artero and Philippe Baudouin
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An excellent film that carries a misleading rating
19 May 2013 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Renoir (2012) written and directed by Gilles Bourdos, tells the story of the aging painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet), his young model Andrée (Christa Theret), and his son Jean (Vincent Rottiers).

Andrée is a free spirit. She has no problem posing in the nude, but she makes it clear to everyone that she is a paid model. She has no intention of posing for the honor of it, nor is she ready to become a cook or a maid, as have other models before her.

Naturally, Jean is drawn to the beautiful young woman, and the plot revolves around the relationships among and between the three main characters.

This is an extraordinarily beautiful movie, filmed on the scenic Côte d'Azur. War is raging elsewhere in France, but life is peaceful in this region. The pace of the film reflects the pace of life at the time--quiet and slow.

This is a film worth seeing, based on historical fact, and suggesting what motivated the younger Renoir to become the extraordinary film director that he was. For some reason, the IMDb weighted average of this film is a dismal 6.6. (The ratings themselves are much higher, but the weighting system brings the number down.) Don't be discouraged by the low rating. This is a movie worth seeking out and seeing. It will work better in a theater, but, if necessary, see it on DVD. It will repay your viewing.

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