Renoir Saturday, 11 July 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Nudity and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    La Grande Illusion.

  • Starring:

    Michel Bouquet, Vincent Rottiers, Christa Teret, Thomas Doret, Romane Bohringer, Michèle Gleizer, Laurent Poitrenaux, Annelise Heimburger, Sylviane Goudal, Solène Rigot, Emmanuelle Lepoutre, Carlo Brandt

  • Directed by:

    Gilles Bourdos

  • Running time:

    111 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), R (USA)


    People scuffle. Objects smashed. Hanged effigy. Pictures of skeletons, war imagery. Screaming, arguing. Blood/gore: Open leg wound, wound-dressing, blood on objects, crippled hands (rheumatoid arthritis). Soldiers with injuries, scars. Feathers, blood. Hypodermic needles, bandaging seen. Corpse (wild dog). Decomposing flesh mentioned.


    A couple like naked beneath bedsheets, get dressed (sex implied). Kissing. References to sex, sexual activity. Nude women, nude sketchings, exposed breasts. Shirtless man. Naked man in bath (no genitals seen).


    Alcohol (wine). Smoking (pipes, cigar, cigarettes).


    F-words, a-word. Slang for genitalia and bodily functions, derogatory terms for women. Religious references.


    Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Jean Renoir, painting, modelling, art, father-son relationships, Impressionism, World War I, family, biography, 1915 France, criticism, longing, muses, film-making, voyeurism, isolation.


    Dead mother, sons/brothers at war, wounded son, gangrene mentioned. Dog, plane, waterfall, campfires, burning torches. Chicken trussed, fish skinned and prepared, eel roasting. Hanging meat (rabbit carcass, pheasant carcass, salted meat). French language (subtitles), some Italian (no subs). Shot on location at Renoir's family estate.


    Lovely, beautiful, intelligent, relaxed, picturesque, ambient, dreamy, ambitious, gorgeous, breathtaking, lush, captivating. Beautifully shot, stunning lighting, leisurely paced, resonant themes, well cast. Terrific performance from Michael Bouquet.


    Cloying, elusive, unsatisfying. Forced dramatic tension, limited script, overworked dialogue, surface-level observations.

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