The Battelle Film Club is rolling out 2012's Renoir. The legendary painter's story starts at the end of his life and tells about his relationship with son Jean and Andree Heuschling, a nude model who was a muse to father and son.
Like the artist's art, writer/director Gilles Bourdoes paints a breathtaking picture of the end of Renoir's life. The cinematography is exceptional, and it's a beautifully done movie. His restless camera moves in subtle ways and finds unique points of view to paint the characters and the events that bind them.
Spliced into the story are lines here and there designed to define Renoir's art and life achievement. That splicing is also a big part of what's wrong with Renoir. The story has too little substance packed into too great a time frame. The longer the movie goes, the more boring it gets.
Director: Gilles Bourdos
Stars: Michel Beuquet, Christa Theret, Vincent Rotters
Mr. Movie rating: 3 1/2 stars
Rated R for nudity, mature themes. It plays Friday, October 25 only at 8:00 p.m. at the Battelle Auditorium.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.