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Cezanne et Moi (2016)

Cézanne et moi (original title)
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The parallel paths of the lives, careers and passionate friendship of post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne and novelist Emile Zola. Both left their hometown to conquer the art scene in Paris.


Danièle Thompson


Danièle Thompson (scenario)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillaume Canet ... Emile Zola
Guillaume Gallienne ... Paul Cézanne
Alice Pol ... Alexandrine Zola
Déborah François ... Hortense Cézanne
Pierre Yvon Pierre Yvon ... Batistin Baille
Sabine Azéma ... Elisabeth Cézanne
Gérard Meylan ... Louis-Auguste Cézanne
Laurent Stocker ... Ambroise Vollard
Isabelle Candelier ... Emilie Zola
Freya Mavor ... Jeanne
Félicien Juttner ... Guy de Maupassant
Flore Babled Flore Babled ... Angèle Baille
Romain Cottard Romain Cottard ... Camille Pissarro
Alexandre Kouchner Alexandre Kouchner ... Auguste Renoir
Romain Lancry Romain Lancry ... Anchille Emperaire
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Cezanne et Moi traces the parallel paths of the lives, careers and passionate friendship of post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne and novelist Emile Zola. The two boys grew up in Aix-en-Provence. Emile was fatherless and poor. Paul came from a wealthy family. As young men, dreaming of glory and beautiful women, they left the south to conquer the art scene in Paris. Soon Emile had it all, success, money, and the perfect wife, and embraced the very bourgeoisie he mocked in his books. Meanwhile, Cezanne rejected the Parisian scene to focus only on his work, ignored by his peers and the establishment.

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Rated R for language, sexual references and nudity | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The man who appears buying Cézanne's paintings at the end is Ambroise Vollard, an art dealer who promoted several impressionist painters and made a fortune with their work. Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) appears painting his portrait, which can now be seen at the Petit Palais in Paris. See more »


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Performed by Hanna Hägglund
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A complete mess
14 June 2019 | by alexcornasSee all my reviews

Cezanne and I directed and written by Danièle Thompson is a movie that should never have been. It's a pragmatic and artless movie about artists of the second half of the XIXth Century.

It is a movie without purpose, the writing is poor and disjointed, it constantly jumps between different points in time without any purpose, or structure or even memory as some scenes seem to happen two or even three times.

What you will enjoy from this movie:

  • the name dropping of some of the biggest artists of modern times
  • the scenery towards the end of the movie

What you won't enjoy and the movie gets wrong:
  • the portrayal of every character as a completely antipathetic, there is not one likeable character in the whole movie, even those with minimal texts such as Renoir or Manet who only talk to hate in this movie.
  • the movie itself is deceiving, it isn't a movie about Cezanne but about Zola
  • the artistic portraying of Cezanne who, apparently drew 99% of his canvas as portrait! What a strange choice from the director.
  • the complete lack of artistry through the whole movie, be it from the cinematography, the direction, the writing or even the paintings shown through the movie.

The director clearly had no clue about art so why make a film about art other than self-indulgence?


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Release Date:

31 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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$15,744, 2 April 2017

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