The former famous painter Frenhofer lives quietly with his wife on his countryside residence in the French Provence. When the young artist Nicolas visits him with his girlfriend Marianne, Frenhofer decides to start again the work on a painting he long ago stopped: La Belle Noiseuse. And he wants Marianne as model. The now starting creative process changes life for everyone. It is a struggle for truth, life and sense, and the question where the limits of arts are or whether art is limitless.
The latest film from French New Wave veteran, Jacques Rivette.
It's a most extraordinary four-hour depiction of the artistic process at work, as Michel Piccoli, playing the artist, attempts to create a masterwork abandoned ten years earlier, using as his model the girlfriend of a protege, played extraordinarily by Emmanuelle Beart. Demanding, but exquisite.
La Belle Noiseuse won the Grand Jury Prize in Cannes last year. It's a five-star film. I'm only sorry we haven't time to talk more about it.
David Stratton: Me to, what a shame we can't talk more about that one.