Gilles Bourdos, 2012
France | French with English subtitles | 111 minutes
Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos’ lushly atmospheric drama tells the story of celebrated impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. A fascinating moment of change, one century’s way of thinking giving way to the next, and the passing of the torch from a great painter to the great filmmaker of such classics as Grand Illusion and Rules of the Game. Screened at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2013. A Samuel Goldwyn Films release.