Renoir (film)


Film poster
Directed by Gilles Bourdos
Produced by Olivier Delbosc
Marc Missonnier
Screenplay by Jérome Tonnerre
Michel Spinosa
Gilles Bourdos
Based on Le Tableau amoureux
by Jacques Renoir
Starring Michel Bouquet
Christa Theret
Vincent Rottiers
Thomas Doret
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Mark Lee Ping Bin
Edited by Yannick Kergoat
Distributed by Mars Distribution
Release dates
  • 25 May 2012 (2012-05-25) (Cannes)
  • 2 January 2013 (2013-01-02) (France)
Running time
111 minutes[1]
Country France
Language French
Budget $6 million
Box office $5.8 million[2]

Renoir is a 2012 French drama film based on the last years of Renoir at Cagnes-sur-Mer during World War I.[3] The film was directed by Gilles Bourdos and competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[4][5] The film is set in the south of France during World War I and stars Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Thomas Doret and Vincent Rottiers.[6] Renoir achieved critical and commercial success both in France and abroad, most notably in the United States where it is on the Critic's Pick list of The New York Times[7] The film was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[8][9][10] but was not nominated. In January 2014, the film received four nominations at the 39th César Awards,[11] winning for Best Costume Design.[12]


The film tells the forgotten story of Andrée Heuschling, also known as Catherine Hessling, who was the last model of impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and the first actress in the films of his son, the film director Jean Renoir. Andree was the link between two famous and widely acclaimed artists, a father and son. While the father is at the end his brilliant career, the son is still searching for himself, his great career as one of the most celebrated movie directors having not yet begun.[13]

Director Gilles Bourdos used the services of a convicted art forger, Guy Ribes, to create and re-create the Renoir paintings in live action on screen.[14]



The film received generally favorable reviews from critics. The film-critics aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported 69% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 65 reviews, with an average score of 6.5/10. The critical consensus is: "Appropriately enough, Renoir offers viewers a drama of sumptuous beauty—which is more than enough to offset its frustratingly slow pace and rather thinly written screenplay."[15] Metacritic, which assigns a standardized score out of 100, rated the film 64 based on 23 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[16]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Foreign Film Won
American Society of Cinematographers Awards Spotlight Award Mark Lee Ping Bin Nominated
Cannes Film Festival Prix Un certain regard Nominated
César Awards Best Actor Michel Bouquet Nominated
Best Cinematography Mark Lee Ping Bin Nominated
Best Production Design Benoît Barouh Nominated
Best Costume Design Pascaline Chavanne Won
Lumières Awards Best Film Nominated
Best Director Gilles Bourdos Nominated
Best Actor Michel Bouquet Nominated
Best Actress Christa Theret Nominated
World Soundtrack Award Soundtrack Composer of the Year Alexandre Desplat Nominated

See also


  1. McCarthy, Todd. "Renoir: Film Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  2. "Renoir (2012)". JP' Box-Office. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  3. "Film review: Renoir". The Upcoming. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  4. "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
  5. Pulver, Andrew (30 April 2012). "Cannes 2012: seven films join the lineup". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
  6. Rendez Vous with French Cinema, The New York Times retrieved 2013-03-25.
  7. "A Muse to the Father, and a Wife to the Son". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  8. "Renoir biopic to be France's official Oscars submission". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-09-17.
  9. "Renoir représentera la France aux Oscars 2014". L'Express. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  10. Richford, Rhonda (16 September 2013). "Oscars: France Nominates 'Renoir' in Foreign Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  11. Richford, Rhonda. "Berenice Bejo, Lea Seydoux, Roman Polanski Among France's Cesar Awards Nominees". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  12. Richford, Rhonda. "France's Cesar Awards: 'Me, Myself and Mum' Wins Best Film". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  13. Anderson, John (22 March 2013). "A Forger's Impressions of Impressionism". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  14. The New York Times, Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  15. "Renoir". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  16. "Renoir Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
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