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Cézanne et moi (2016)

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A historical drama traces the lifelong friendship between two renowned 19th century French artists - painter Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) and writer Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet) - ... See full summary »

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Hortense Cézanne
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Elisabeth Cézanne
Gérard Meylan ...
Louis-Auguste Cézanne
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Isabelle Candelier ...
Emilie Zola
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Jeanne
Félicien Juttner ...
Flore Babled ...
Angèle Baille
Romain Cottard ...
Alexandre Kouchner ...
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Anchille Emperaire
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A historical drama traces the lifelong friendship between two renowned 19th century French artists - painter Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) and writer Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet) - from their first meeting as schoolmates to their creative rivalry as fame and success continue to elude Cézanne. Written by lament

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Rated R for language, sexual references and nudity | See all certifications »
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31 March 2017 (USA)  »

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Cezanne and I  »

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French visa # 142287. See more »

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Roses of Picardy (Roses de Picardie)
Composed by Haydn Wood
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Breathtaking cinematography, stereotypical characters
15 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You wouldn't miss much if you watched this movie with the sound off. Some of the cinematography, especially of outdoor scenes in Provence, is just astoundingly beautiful. Some is very reminiscent of Le Château de ma mère and the scenes in la garrigue.

The acting is all fine. Guillaume Canet is a fine performer and does a good job, but he is not the seriously obese and not handsome man that the real Zola was.

The big problem here is the script. It starts with an imaginary meeting between Zola and Cézanne in 1888, two years after Zola permanently alienated the painter with his novel L'Oeuvre (The Great Work of Art). It then moves back and forth between the present and various scenes in the two men's past friendship. There is nothing wrong with that as a format, but the dialogue is way too stereotypical. If these men had been so pleasant, their friendship would not have come to an end. There is no real attempt to explore why Zola turned on the Impressionists, yet that is really the center of the story.

So, my recommendation would be to watch this with the sound off.


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