I recently saw Gilles Bourdos’ gorgeous new film Renoir. Set in the summer of 1915 at the great Impressionist painter’s farm on the French Riviera, Renoir is all about beauty, inspiration and naturally, the importance of an artistic life. Veteran French actor Michel Bouquet is sublime as the aging Renoir. And the cinematography of the genius Mark Lee Ping Bin (whose most recent work includes the exquisite Norwegian Wood) is breathtaking, fully capturing the rich palette and lushness of the Cote d’Azur and this artist’s world, so much so that you feel as if you are in a Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting itself. Certainly my idea of a perfect summer movie.