Starring powerhouse performances from Guillaume Gallienne and Guillaume Canet and from Academy Award nominee writer/director Daniele Thompson, 'Cezanne et Moi' ls a stunning tale of friendship, love and envy. When Paul Cezanne and Emile Zola became friends as boys, they shared everything; hopes, dreams, curiosity and doubts. One rich, one poor, they left for Paris where the art scene of 1860s Montmartre quickly enveloped them. As their careers took different directions, Cezanne as an unrecognised painter and Emile, whose fame, money and marriage moved from strength to strength, their friendship, philosophies and lives were pushed to the very boundaries of all they knew.
More Personal than Artistic in Content
- Cezanne and I review by CV
This film shows the contrast in birth circumstances and subsequent careers of the two Frenchmen Cezanne and Zola. There is much about the intensity of the love-hate relationship between the two contemporaries and not so much on their respective artistic developments, however. This means that their respective geniuses are accepted as premises rather than being demonstrated in the narrative. British viewers may find such friendships strangely intense and frustratingly unstable! Beautiful and atmospheric photography.