This sun-soaked period drama is set on the beautiful French Riviera in the summer of 1915, as Jean Renoir returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I.
The estate offers shelter from the horrors of WWI; its pastel and beautiful look matching one of Renoir’s impressionist canvases.
Writer / director Gilles Bourdos used Jacques Renoir’s (great-grandson of Pierre-Auguste) tale of 15 year old Andree Heuschling, a sprightly girl with flaming red hair and porcelain skin, who was the last model of impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and the first actor in the films of his son, the film director Jean Renoir to fashion a splendid period drama.
Veteran actor Michel Bouquet as the arthritic Auguste and young Vincent Rottiers as war-wounded Jean both give outstanding performances while the dialogue and cinematography allows the audience to literally soak up the atmosphere as Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing and composer Alexandre Desplat add to this sumptuous piece.
A very traditional, old-fashioned, picture with a gentle, observational quality this is a lovely tory and a lovely film.