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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love old fashioned romance this will appeal
This simplistic story based on Picasso;s life is centred on a french border town her Spain in the days of Dictator Franco.
Only the French could create a movie in black and white that is so moving and realistic about a famous painter.
The actors are down to earth and this dvd is deeply moving in the portrayal of a naive young girl - Merce - introduced to nude...
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Dreadfully inadequate subtitles. So it was difficult to follow the dialogue,as it was in French
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love old fashioned romance this will appeal, 3 July 2014
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This simplistic story based on Picasso;s life is centred on a french border town her Spain in the days of Dictator Franco.
Only the French could create a movie in black and white that is so moving and realistic about a famous painter.
The actors are down to earth and this dvd is deeply moving in the portrayal of a naive young girl - Merce - introduced to nude modelling by the ageing artist, Marc Cros.
The girl poses in many exotic, exciting scenes and is a natural, nude model, being so innocent.
The artist's home settings and the nearby village are so ideallic in this 1940's dreamlike and picturesque setting.
If you love old fashioned romance this will appeal.
This movie reminded me of my early days in France, seeing a different culture for the first time.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Exploration, 13 Dec 2013
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Allow me to add my praise for this beautiful little film that focuses on an, admittedly, esoteric slice of life - that of the 'relationship' between the 'artist' and their 'model'. Of course, the story which this particular Spanish film tells is unique to a hypothetical situation between an aged male French sculptor (of some implied repute) and a young Spanish 'refugee' woman in a specific time & place (near the Franco/Spanish border during the latter days of WW II). It might be surmised that the intensity of the situational elements foster a 'relationship' that is, perhaps not 'typical' of that experienced by most 'artists & models' - but it does provide a platform for an evocative exploration of art, sexuality, and mortality.

As noted, the film is in (widescreen) black & white and is visually gorgeous throughout - the B&W format definitely accentuates the 'artful' quality of the entire piece and is so rich that it almost feels like it is in color! The performances are excellent - with the lion's share of the dialog being delivered by the male 'artist' character as he philosophizes about life, art, and the entrancing qualities of the female form. The 2 principle female leads are also effective in their roles - the young 'model' is appropriately lovely (and naked a lot) and her character 'develops' beyond being just an attractive 'body' as the plot progresses. Despite the inherent potential for much 'artistic' nudity to be on display this is not a particularly 'sexy' film. The 'cause' for this reality is somewhat explained by actress Claudia Cardinale, portraying the aged artists mature wife (who was a model herself, back in the day). She offers an intriguing explanation to a group of curious young boys about how: 'the only two types of men who are 'allowed' to see women naked are doctors and artists - doctors so they can deal with women's health, and artists so that they can create beauty'!... both of those functions exhibiting a bit of a professional/clinical distance between the individuals involved. Regardless - in this filmic fantasy the line of intimacy is crossed by the artist & his model - despite the age discrepancy - in a particularly touching scene.

The film-maker utilizes the particular circumstance of this unique artistic relationship to provide a lyrical and thoughtful reflection on art, beauty, and the poignancy of the human condition. As an artist myself, I could totally 'relate' to many of the artistic sentiments expressed by the film's characters and would suggest that it might offer a window into artistic sensibilities for those who wonder about such things. This is a bit of artful cinema that really delivers on its' promise - totally recommended! - whether U R an 'artist' or not.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent example of artist/muse relationships, 12 Dec 2013
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Speaking as a painter, there are not many films which 'ring true' to me regarding this potentially fraught relationship. One is 'Girl with a pearl earing' and another is this one. References to Rembrandt and women and olive oil hit the spot directly. The love-making scene towards the end is the most tender and faithful I have ever seen in the cinema. Five stars for sure.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of art, 20 Jan 2014
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A black and white jewel, not for those who only like action, violence and sex with easy and stupid scripts, but for lovers of good movies. Slow action, excellent interpretation. Every word counts, every silence shines. A very beautiful film about true beauty and inspiration in art. Sit in your sofa, relax and enjoy contemplating this masterpiece. Chapeau, Trueba!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked "Renoir", you will love this one too, 30 Oct 2013
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"The Artist and The Model" (original title "El artista y la modelo"; 2012 release from Spain; 105 min.) brings the story of Marc Cros, an elderly sculptor who lives in the South of France with his wife Lea during WW II. As the movie opens, we see him walking in the country side, picking up a branch or a flower and trying to find some inspiration. Later, when he and his wife and the housemaid are in the village enjoying a day out, they find a young woman sleeping on the street. It turns out she escaped a refugee camp from Franco-governed fascist Spain. Marc and Lea give shelter to the young lady, whose name is Merce. In return for food and shelter, Lea convinces Merce that she should model for Marc, and Merce agrees. To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, this movie, shot in brilliant black and white, is visual eye-candy from start to finish. It feels like every scene is framed for maximum visual effect. Second, while the movie has its moments, there is very little dramatic tension and hence little reason to care for any of these characters. At one point deep into the movie, Marc shows a small sketch made by Rembrandt to Merce, and starts pointing out a bunch of details ("observe the tenderness of the scene!"), creating a magical moment. I wish there were more moments like this. Third, given the subject matter of the movie, it shouldn't come as a surprise that there is quite a bit of "artistic nudity". In particular the first 45 min. of the movie features tons of nudity, but it should be stressed that it never feels exploitive or vulgar. Fourth, how Jean Rochefort must've salivated when he was offered this role! Rochefort, now in his early 80s if you can believe it, brings the role of the aging sculptor with grace and authority. Aida Folch as the model also delivers. Last but not least, two thumbs down for the improbable (and unnecessary) last scene (no worries, I'm not going to spoil).

The movie opened unannounced and without any pre-release buzz or advertising at my local art house theatre here in Cincinnati in late August. I figured this would not be playing very long, and hence went to see it right away. The screening I saw this at was indeed not very well attended. This movie reminds me of that other recent French movie "Renoir" (starring Michel Bouquet). It is equally slow in its pace (which is not a bad thing) but, while the visuals are outstanding, "The Artist and The Model" lacks in emotional pull. Nevertheless, if you like foreign movies and in particularly liked "Renoir", then this movie is still worth checking out, be it in the theatre or on DVD/Blue-ray.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine film, 5 Jun 2014
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A fine film,beautifully photographed in black and white.Will appeal to those of a creative and aesthetic nature,particularly those with an interest in the nude form.Highly recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 14 Sep 2014
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Dreadfully inadequate subtitles. So it was difficult to follow the dialogue,as it was in French
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting in a poignant way!, 11 Jan 2014
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This is a beautiful slowly paced film which never crosses the line. My comment does not reveal anything of the storyline and should not dampen expectations for those who have yet to see film. It has some surprising twists. It should have particular interest for those who attend or have attended life drawing classes.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Artist and the Model', 19 April 2014
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I liked this DVD because it had a nice story line and is shot in black and white making it restful on the eye. The artist's wife is played by Claudia Cardinale who I remember when we were both of an earlier age. The nudity is there and is very acceptable because it is the story of a young girl being sculptured by a man old enough to be her grandfather. Sex is non existent because the artist falls in love with his sculpture and not the human model. I'm pleased I bought this DVD and will play it often. I can thoroughly recommend it to you.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat, 13 Mar 2014
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The other reviews are spot on ............. sometimes it is difficult to remember that this is a fictional work and not a documentary! Good films, very good films need to be watched carefully, which includes listening attentively - do that with this film and be rewarded.
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