Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Cézanne et moi

(aka Cezanne and I)

2016, Danièle Thompson, France, 117 min. With Guillaume Canet, Guillaume Gallienne.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 9th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 10th 5:15pm
  • Sun, Jun 11th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jun 12th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Jun 14th 6:00pm

"CÉZANNE ET MOI offers a pungent, demystifying portrait of the rowdy late-19th-century Parisian art world... Mr. Gallienne, who dominates the film, gives an electrifying portrait of Cézanne." — Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"A touching evocation of friendship, brotherly competition and artistic courage at the cusp of a new century." — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

The stormy but enduring bond between two giants of French culture is the focus of this graceful dual-biopic of Paul Cézanne (Gallienne of YVES SAINT LAURENT) and Émile Zola (Canet of TELL NO ONE), whose friendship began in childhood in the sun-drenched hills of Aix-en-Provence but fluctuated wildly as they pursued different paths toward artistic glory. The film begins in 1888, with an outraged Cézanne confronting Zola about the thinly veiled portrait of him as a failed genius in the novel "The Masterpiece." Flashbacks fill in their complex relationship, with emphasis on the contrasting personalities of the temperamental outsider Cézanne and the reserved burgher Zola. Director Thompson (JET LAG, AVENUE MONTAIGNE) recounts this lifelong love-hate affair with rich period detail and psychological insight, taking a cue from Zola’s insistence that "The Masterpiece" was as much a portrait of himself, with his secret fears and repressed longings, as it was of Cézanne. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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