The biographical drama Rodin, starring Vincent Lindon as the great sculptor, is the latest from Jacques Doillon, the multiple award-winning director of Ponette, La drôlesse and dozens of other films that have made him one of the most esteemed European auteurs of the last 40 years.
Paris, 1880. The 40-year-old sculptor Auguste Rodin (Vincent Lindon, Diary of a Chambermaid, Betty Blue, The School of Flesh) finally receives his first state commission, “The Gates of Hell,” which will include “The Kiss” and “The Thinker,” two of his most famous creations. Constantly working, he shares his life with his lifelong partner, Rose (Séverine Caneele, Humanité), and his mistress, the young Camille Claudel (Izïa Higelin, Summertime), the gifted student who becomes his assistant and a talented sculptor in her own right during a decade of passion, mutual admiration and creative collaboration.
Following their painful breakup, Rodin continues to work relentlessly while facing both the rejection and enthusiasm provoked by the sensuality and originality of his sculptures. Rodin’s statue of Balzac, long in the making and rejected during his lifetime, will become the starting point of modern sculpture.
.”Sculpting Rodin” Featurette