30-Second Synopsis: One of the greatest friendships in history is the inspiring yet often tumultuous relationship between two of France's most celebrated artists, Paul Cézanne and Émile Zola. Cézanne et Moi follows their intertwined lives, and the diverging fortunes and talents that test their bond—as well as the problematic fact they both fall in love with the same woman.
Most Provocative Quote:
"In love, you forgive betrayal. With friendship, it's harder." —Paul Cézanne
A Perfect Film For: Art aficionados and novices alike. Will you pick up on more of the subtle references if you stayed awake during art history class? Yes. But you don't need to be serious about impressionism to appreciate the stunning cinematography or the admirable bond between Cézanne and Zola.
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Scene That Made Us Think: A fistfight breaks out at a Salon des Refusés when the nudity in Manet's now-famous The Luncheon on the Grass offends the delicate sensibilities of the well-to-do patrons. Cézanne, annoyed by their close-mindedness, lunges at the men in attendance and all hell breaks loose. The moment makes you realize the difference between how we view 19th-century masterpieces now and how we perceived them then.
Greatest Nod to Art History: The most beautiful scenes are the montages of Cézanne searching for the perfect landscape to paint. The red sands and blue skies of Provence—not to mention Cézanne's fabulous hiking outfits—reflect the palettes seen in his most well-known paintings. If you pay close enough attention, you can even see the exact views of Montagne Saint-Victoire that he immortalized in his oil-paint series.
Be Prepared: To second-guess, and then ferociously commit to your dreams of being an artist. Cézanne et Moi gives a brutally honest portrayal of the hardships of being in the creative field and the effect the pressure to succeed has on relationships. Where does fame ultimately take this duo's friendship? You'll just have to watch and see.
Cézanne et Moi opens in select theatres today. Check out magnoliapictures.com for more information.