Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s paintings are easy on the eye – and so is this movie. That’s all it has going for it, however. This series of tableaux vivants is set in Cagnes-sur-Mer in the house of the aging, cantankerously arthritic maestro whose presence looms large over his sons Jean (who became a film director) and young Claude. When local filly Andrée, the painter’s last muse, becomes part of the domestic arrangements, rivalries bubble up: but very decently and discreetly. Their rendition here is not enough to sustain narrative momentum.
Renoir | Directed by Gilles Bourdos (France 2012) with Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Vincent Rottiers. Starts February 7