Nominated for the Palm d’Or at Cannes this year, »Rodin« provides an antidote to current action-filled blockbusters. Evenly paced and consisting of long, meticulous sequences, this film is a classical biopic, focusing on the intertwining of Rodin’s private life and art. In this vein, it pays attention to his fruitful yet troublesome affair with fellow artist and assistant Camille Claudel.

Reflecting on the relationship between art and eroticism, Doillon depicts Rodin’s sexual adventures and numerous affairs with models. The artist - intensely portrayed by Vincent Lindon - is caught between these women and his wife Rose Beuret while struggling to stay true to his work. Still, the film’s emphasis on eroticism also reflects the relationship between art, sculpture and the body.

On a different level, the film asks how the artist, caught between public success and financial interests, can stay true to his muse. It seems to suggest that passion, for art as well as life, might be an answer.

Rodin poster
Title
Rodin
Director
Jacques Doillon
Country
France
Length
119 min
Festival
2017
Section
Icons
Language
French
Subtitle
Swedish subtitles
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2017
Original title
Rodin
Cast
Vincent Lindon, Izïa Higelin, Séverine Caneele, Bernard Verley
Producer
Kristina Larsen
Script
Jacques Doillon
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