Filmmaker Danièle Thompson centers her latest drama on the parallel lives, careers and friendship of two of France’s greatest artists: post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Emile Zola, who met as schoolboys in Aix-en-Provence. Emile was fatherless and poor, and Paul from a wealthy family. As young men, they set out to conquer the art scene in mid-19th century Paris, where Zola (Guillaume Canet) embraced his success, while Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) ultimately rejected the Parisian scene to focus on his work. The film provides exquisite visual detail, utilizing several locations where Cézanne and Zola lived and worked. In French with English subtitles. With Alice Pol, Déborah François, Freya Mavor, Sabine Azéma. Writer/Director: Danièle Thompson. (France 2016) 113 min.
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