An alluring film about a sculptor’s dream to create a masterpiece and what happens when he comes across the perfect muse.
Fernando Trueba’s The Artist and the Model, set in 1943 in France, narrates the story of a famous sculptor Marc Cros (Jean Rochefort) who’s struggling to create a masterpiece. One fine day, he comes across a girl named Merce (Aida Folch) in the town. Merce tells him that she has escaped from a concentration camp and she has no idea where she’s going. Cros offers her a job as a model to pose for him which begins an interesting relationship between the two.
We are told that Marc Cros is interested in trying to recreate the balance which is seen all around us. He’s especially fond of a sketch drawn by Rembrandt which he believes is a masterpiece. Merce tries her best to live up to his expectations and one fine day, Marc Cros miraculously finds the exact expression on Merce’s face which he has been dreaming about. The film is alluring in terms of how well it treats its characters. They talk about art and life post WWII. The conversations between Rochefort and Aida form most part of the film. It’s a simple tale, remarkably shot in black and white by Daniel Vilar and well written.
Fernando treats the nudity in the film with so much heart that there’s no lust anywhere in the film. The Artist and the Model is a fine film about people who have lived through tough times and the solace they find in each other far away from the chaos.
Movie: The Artist And the Model (El Artista y la modelo)
Cast: Jean Rochefort, Aida Folch, Claudia Cardinale
Directed by: Fernando Trueba
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