The Artist and the Model

2012 [SPANISH]


IMDb Rating 6.6 10 1710

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Jean Rochefort as Marc Cros
Götz Otto as Werner
965.85 MB
fre 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 45 min
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Reviewed by Horst_In_Translation 6 / 10

Great premise, but could have been so much more

"El artista y la modelo" is writer-director Fernando Trueba's newest project and his return to live action after a thoroughly successful trip into the world of animation, which brought him his first Academy Award nomination for "Chico & Rita" two years ago. Almost more impressive is the writer behind "The Artist and the Model": Jean-Claude Carrière won an Oscar 50 years ago, had several nominations afterward and is known to be a longtime companion of Luis Buñuel. Carrière is consequently into his 80s already and same goes for the lead actor here: Jean Rochefort. He plays a sculptor who finds a new model that inspires him to create one more sculpture, possibly his masterpiece.

2012 was certainly a huge year for black and white movies in Spain. "Blancanieves" dominated the Goya Awards and "El artista y la modelo" wasn't far behind with nomination in pretty much all the relevant categories, even if it did not win that much. While I'm usually very fond of black-and-white films, the topic of art may be a difficult one for these. It may have hurt the overall result even a bit. You could certainly make a point that it's appropriate for the bleakness of this film taking place during wartime, but still the magnificent colors of the landscape or even the people (especially Aida Folch obviously) could have elevated the film considerably. The movie is very similar to "Renoir", France's most recent Oscar submission for the foreign language category, but as a whole I think I'd prefer "Renoir" and the colors are one main aspect, as is the look at the early years of the young Jean Renoir and his first steps into the movie industry. That's missing here a bit, maybe a second minor plot to keep the audience interested.

The ending of "El artista y la modelo" is a difficult one. You'll either love it or hate it. That much is safe. You could certainly argue that it was not really foreseeable and mainly included for shock purposes, but you could also say that predictability can be boring and this way of closing the film certainly wasn't. It's up to you. One parallel that I really enjoyed a lot was the different, yet similar, ways Rochefort's character said goodbye to the soldier and the girl. Both included th pretending of a possibility they'll meet again, which probably never existed. However, both were so different from comparing the characters he said goodbye to and his relation to these that you could certainly analyze them to death.

Finally, I'd like to add that the great Claudia Cardinale and Chus Lampreave occasionally added some nice comic relief to the film that was very much appreciated as the film as a whole was very bleak. I was not particularly fond of the inclusion of the girl's boyfriend and I felt it added almost nothing to the story, maybe a slight reference to the war, but that aspect was covered already enough in my opinion with the arrival of Götz Otto's character. Rochefort's character once said in the film. He doesn't care about the war, he just wants to finish a sculpture, which summarizes the movie pretty accurately. The war is the setting, but it's really just the frame and does not play a major role. The center is the artistry.

Reviewed by kosmasp 6 / 10


First off, there is a lot of nudity. Though mostly it is not sexualized nudity (if you dismiss a bit of voyeurism that will be going on at some point). But it's necessary, because in this case if is there to prove a point. Actually to show us the view/take on things by the main male character, who is a sculptor (mainly).

There is different takes on life and what it can portray or what it is. There is also a spin on the Adam and Eve story here (which might be too on the nose and a comparison the movie itself does not shy away from). The actors are really good and the movie has a nice pace, even if at first you're not sure where it's all heading. And it's in black and white, like the poster suggest and surely the trailer is showing too ;o)

Reviewed by classicsoncall 8 / 10

"Beauty reveals itself in places that seem impossible."

Not knowing anything about this film, I thought it was made in the Fifties as I was watching it. The black and white cinematography hearkens back to an earlier time, and it seemed appropriate for the era the story was set in. I can relate to other reviewers who would have liked this movie better in color, but I think that would have distracted from the ambience of the picture. It was serious in tone for the most part, as the aged sculptor (Jean Rochefort) comes upon a source of new inspiration in the person of Spanish refugee Mercè (Aida Folch). I thought it interesting that if this movie WERE made in the Fifties, it might have been Claudia Cardinale in the role of Cros's new found muse instead of his wife.

I found two separate sequences of dialog between the artist and the model to be fascinating. The first was their interpretation of Rembrandt's sketch on the postcard, and the way Cros cleverly led Mercè into finding her own meaning in the artist's work. The other was the twist in the story of Adam and Eve, a decidedly incompatible interpretation of the Bible story. All the while, there was this theme of an 'idea' that Cros was struggling to find in his own work, and never really being able to reach that goal over the course of a long lifetime.

I suppose that one could interpret the ending of the film in more than one way. Another reviewer suggests that Cros's gunshot might have been used to simply scare off the birds in the trees. I never even gave that a thought, having determined that the artist had finally achieved his master work in the statue of the pensive Mercè, the inspirational 'idea' provided accidentally during one of her restless moments. His death by suicide would have been a personal acknowledgment that he had no more left in him to contribute to his craft. Yet at the same time, his action was less than noble after bidding his wife goodbye for a vacation trip to visit a friend.

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