Director: Fernando Treuba
Writers: Fernando Treuba and Jean-Claude Carriere
Stars: Jean Rochefort, Aida Folch, and Claudia Cardinale
Marc Cros (Jean Rochefort) is the artist–in this case sculpture–living in a small village in Occupied France during World War II. One day his wife, Lea (Claudia Cardinale), finds a young lady who she thinks would be a perfect muse for her husband. And he agrees.
They begin working at his studio in the hills. There, Merce (Aida Folch) is asked to pose in the nude in different positions while Cros makes different sketches and machetes all the while trying to find inspiration. As their sessions progress they learn about each other and their circumstances. But the fragility of their situation cannot stand. There is a war raging and it is only a matter of time before reality is at the door.
The Artist and the Model is beautifully shot in black & white. What little of a story the movie has is too light to carry an entire film. Though it is only 105 minutes, it feels like more. The acting is well handled, but the story does not allow you to care for the characters. By the end of the film you do not understand Cros’ final motivation for his final act. What happens happens and you are left wondering why.
Grade = C-