Written June 22, 2014
An established French sculptor tries to find his muse towards the end of his career in a simple country girl during the Nazi occupation of France around the end of WW II. This is a movie about sculpting and all of the mechanics and work that's involved, including the artist's relationship with the model. It feels tedious at times, but the acting is good and the story is methodically crafted. It's not for everyone. I would only recommend it for those who are interesting in movies about art and process of creating art.
Written August 17, 2013
Filmed in black and white, the natural light and shadows enhanced art as the subject. The acting was superb and the characters were well developed, especially those of the artist and the model. I expected a little more tension in the story line with the presence of the German officer and underground defector yet was happy for it not to go off in that direction. At times it moved a bit slow but by doing so it drove home the point of how long and agonizing the creative process can be and thus more realistic.
The nudity was truly portrayed as artful beauty and not vulgar.
Subtitles were easy to follow because there was not a lot of unnecessary dialogue and was at a pace where I could enjoy the beautiful scenes rather than frantically reading just to keep up.
Enjoyed the movie and would recommend seeing it if you are an art house, foreign film fan.
Written August 18, 2013
Absolutely loved it! It was a great experience! I will def. go back and watch it again!