Cezanne and I

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  • R
  • 2017
  • 1 hr 56 min
  • 6.1  (1,384)
  • 54

Cezanne and I (2016) is a French biographical drama film directed by Danièle Thompson. The movie is based on the real-life friendship between two 19th-century French artists - painter Paul Cézanne and writer Émile Zola. The film depicts their tumultuous friendship over several decades, beginning in their childhood in Provence and ending with Cezanne's death at the age of 67.

The movie follows the life of both artists, studying in Paris in the 1860s. Cezanne (Guillaume Gallienne) is reckless, disorganized, and dreams of fame, while his childhood friend Zola (Guillaume Canet) is more reserved and pragmatic, focused on his writing. Despite their different temperaments and social status, the two friends share the same passion for art and the desire to revolutionize their respective fields.

The story of the film is told through flashbacks, as the elderly Zola looks back on his life and his complicated relationship with Cezanne. Throughout the film, both artists struggle to find their places in the world and balance their artistic pursuits with their personal lives. Their relationship is marked by moments of intense rivalry, as they grapple with each other's success and criticize each other's work, but also by moments of deep camaraderie and mutual respect, as they support each other through turbulent times.

As the years go by, their lives become more complicated, as Zola's success as a writer grows, while Cezanne struggles to gain recognition for his art. The film explores themes of art, friendship, rivalry, love, and the struggles of creative people to achieve their goals in a world that often doesn't understand them. The viewer gets a glimpse of the 19th-century art scene in France, as revolutionaries like Zola and Cezanne fought for their place in the cultural landscape.

The star cast of the movie has given their best performances. Both the Guillaumes have brought something to their roles to make them extraordinary. On several occasions, their acting is so captivating that it overshadows the story. Alice Pol is also exceptional in her role as Hortense Cézanne, Paul's wife. The chemistry between the actors is palpable on-screen as they effectively bring to life the complicated relationship between Cézanne and Zola.

Moreover, the film is visually stunning, with beautiful shots of the French countryside and Paris. The cinematography of the film is admirable, with the use of natural light and color palette evoking the works of impressionist painters like Cézanne himself.

In conclusion, Cezanne and I is a poignant and thought-provoking biopic that portrays the complex friendship between two of France's most celebrated artists. The movie manages to capture the essence of the 19th-century art scene in France, while also exploring the timeless themes of art, friendship, and rivalry. With impressive acting, breathtaking cinematography work, and an engaging story, Cezanne and I is a must-watch for those interested in the lives of creative people or the world of art.

Cezanne and I is a 2017 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 56 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 54.

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