La Belle Noiseuse ("The Beautiful Troublemaker")

. NOT AVAILABLE. Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti. 102+ min. 2017. DVD UPC 741952846093. $19.99; Blu-ray UPC 741952846192. $25.99.ea. vol: In French w/English subtitles. Cohen Media Group.
A late-middle-aged painter (Michel Piccoli) takes up a long-abandoned work after given fresh inspiration by a new model (Emmanuel Beart) in lieu of his wife (Jane Birkin). Meticulously showing the protracted process of transforming sketches into paintings, as well as fleshing out the strenuous dynamic between artist and subject, French New Wave old-timer Jacques Rivette presents an epic meditation on art in this flawless restoration of the 1991 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix winner. In a more conventional tack on suffering for art's sake, writer-director Edouard Deluc finds post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin (Vincent Cassel) leaving his family in stultifying Paris for picturesque Polynesia. Penniless and ill, Gauguin manages to up his output, if not his artistic recognition, thanks to a winsome native (Tuhei Adams) who serves as his muse and lover. Not unlike different styles of painting, both films succeed on their own disparate terms with taste influencing preference.

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