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The Artist and the Model (2012)

El artista y la modelo (original title)
R | | Drama | 2 August 2013 (USA)
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Marc Cros, an elderly sculptor, lives with his wife Lea in the south of France, safe from the War that rages in the distance. He seems to have reached the end of his life and of his art. ... See full summary »

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Fernando Trueba
3 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Rochefort ... Marc Cros
Aida Folch ... Mercè
Claudia Cardinale ... Léa
Chus Lampreave ... María
Götz Otto ... Werner
Christian Sinniger Christian Sinniger ... Emile
Martin Gamet Martin Gamet ... Pierre
Mateo Deluz Mateo Deluz ... Henri
Simon Guilbert Simon Guilbert ... Cura
Alain Torrent Alain Torrent ... Campesino mercado
Michel Jaquesmin Michel Jaquesmin ... Patrón café
Dorian Astrou Dorian Astrou ... Niños
Albam Riou Albam Riou ... Niños
Guillaume Virag Guillaume Virag ... Niños
Sarah Villesvieille Sarah Villesvieille ... Niños
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Storyline

Marc Cros, an elderly sculptor, lives with his wife Lea in the south of France, safe from the War that rages in the distance. He seems to have reached the end of his life and of his art. One day, Léa gives shelter to a beautiful young Spanish political refugee named Mercè. Marc soon understands that the girl, who agrees to pose for him, inspires him and that he has no choice but to embark on this last artistic (and sensual) adventure... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Plot Keywords:

sculptor | art | wound | no music | suicide | See All (33) »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

2 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Artist and the Model See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,900, 4 August 2013

Gross USA:

$127,958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,492,780
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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Trueba had had this project in store since 1990. Initally he was to make this film in collaboration with Maximo, his sculptor brother. But his brother died and he gave up the whole thing until 2010. See more »

Quotes

Marc Cros: There are two proofs that God exists. The first and most important is the woman's body. Genesis and all that is malarkey. Can you imagine God creating man? There is no need to make God look like a fool... All this beauty, paradise. And then he thought of creating a being for Himself, a beautiful creature, a perfect one, one to share the world with. A being to keep him company through eternity, unending and probably boring. Someone to embrace in winter and whose skin could be caressed in summer....
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Connections

Spoofed in Los Goya 27 edición (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Novena Sinfonía
Written by Gustav Mahler
Performed by Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker
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An Artist's View of Life
25 April 2014 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

One review here called this film "bleak". I thought it anything but.

Marc Cros (played by Jean Rochefort) is an observer--of life, of nature, of beauty, of life's rhythms--like any true artist must be. His is a special quest, a search for inspiration and for a project that is worthy of his time. He finds a young model named Merce (played by Aida Folch) and sets out to find his inspiration.

Art might be viewed as an abstract principle or as a part of life. Cros's search is a philosophical one, but it takes place during the Nazi occupation of his homeland, France. At one point, the war invades his artistic sanctuary, but he is skilled at focusing on beauty even in such circumstances.

In the end, "The Artist and the Model" shows us the fleeting nature of inspiration, the transience and persistence of beauty, and the sometimes obsessive nature of the artist in finding his inspiration.


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