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The Artist and the Model (2012)

El artista y la modelo (original title)
R | | Drama | 2 August 2013 (USA)
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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. He seems to have reached the end of his life and of his art. ... See full summary »

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Fernando Trueba
3 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Rochefort ... Marc Cros
Aida Folch ... Mercè
Claudia Cardinale ... Léa
Chus Lampreave ... María
Götz Otto ... Werner
Christian Sinniger Christian Sinniger ... Emile
Martin Gamet Martin Gamet ... Pierre
Mateo Deluz Mateo Deluz ... Henri
Simon Guilbert Simon Guilbert ... Cura
Alain Torrent Alain Torrent ... Campesino mercado
Michel Jaquesmin Michel Jaquesmin ... Patrón café
Dorian Astrou Dorian Astrou ... Niños
Albam Riou Albam Riou ... Niños
Guillaume Virag Guillaume Virag ... Niños
Sarah Villesvieille Sarah Villesvieille ... Niños
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Storyline

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... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Plot Keywords:

sculptor | art | wound | no music | suicide | See All (33) »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

2 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Artist and the Model See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,900, 4 August 2013

Gross USA:

$127,958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,492,780
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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Quotes

María: How does it feel to pose naked?
Léa: Nothing special. You get used to it right away.
María: Did you like it?
Léa: I did and I was in demand too. I posed for some artists. Once I posed for an entire class.
María: Were they all men?
Léa: Yes. No... there were women too.
María: Do men pose naked too?
Léa: Of course.
María: Do they pose naked with naked women?
Léa: Sure sometimes, why not? Why do you ask? You're not thinking of posing naked too, are you?
[...]
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Spoofed in Los Goya 27 edición (2013) See more »

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Gentle, Charming and Beautifully Shot - A Visual Poem for Artists.
16 December 2018 | by charlie-bell133See all my reviews

A gentle and fully realised poem that centres around the life of a french sculptor looking for inspiration during the Nazi occupation of France, and finds it with young-refugee Mercé, who agrees to model for him.

L'artiste et son modèle ticks all of its boxes. Gently meandering along until it's satisfying conclusion. You laugh along the way, you're introduced to new ideas and it's all very charming, but it's nothing challenging; it's just gentle and friendly which I can and will root for.

It toils in, and dances with integrity and honesty in one's work. Two themes that are developed so well, that I hung on to the sculptors every last word, completely absorbed with the progress of his work. The Rembrandt scene for example was superb; the aged sculptor begs his new, young and naive model to look at Art with focus and appreciation, leading to a wonderful interpretation of Rembrandts piece that, if I ever were to see it again, will forever be changed for me by this film.

However, what cements this film for me is perhaps what you may have already heard about: the black and white photography by Daniel Vilar. Believe the hype, it truly is something special. Wrapping Fernando Trueba's visual poem in always-interesting compositions, delicately lit interiors and gorgeously controlled exteriors, adding an entirely new depth to the film.

If you've read my other reviews you'll know I rarely mention cinematography as I don't care for it, or about it, but black and white has always been a soft spot of mine and this film revels in some of the most beautiful shots I've ever seen. I guarantee you could pause any frame of this film and you could see how meticulous photographing this film was.

I don't think a rating system works for this film, there's nothing you can give it without feeling like you're cheating it in some way, so hopefully the review can speak for itself. Watched on the BFI player website, with Mark Kermode's unursually hesitant Introduction.


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