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The Beautiful Troublemaker

La Belle Noiseuse
1991 / 238m - France
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Am I tempted? Sure? Was it deliberate? Maybe. Will I do it? Nah. Kudos to Rivette for making a 4-hour-long film about a guy painting a woman, but I'm not going to make that pun, no matter how accurate it may be. I'm just not giving him the satisfaction after 240 minutes of this.

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Frenhofer is a painter who has lost his inspiration. His last painting is unfinished as he lost the love for his model. When he gets together with his pupil, he suggests using his girlfriend as a model to reignite Frenhofer's passion. He reluctantly agrees, but something inside him stirs when he watches her.

It's a four-hour film about an artist trying to regain his passion for his artistry. A lot of the film is actual painting (and not the cool speed-painting you can find on YT), though the real core of the film lies in the conversations between the model and the painter and the relationship that develops between them. I didn't care for either of them, so tough luck for me.