in about 100 words or less
France/Switzerland 237m, Colour
Director: Jacques Rivette; Cast: Emmanuelle Béart, Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, Marianne Denicourt, David Bursztein, Gilles Arbona
The Beautiful Troublemaker is an acclaimed arthouse drama that explores the relationship between a reclusive painter and his mostly naked model through the lengthy process of their artistic endeavour together. Though an interesting concept, in which we practically witness his sketch work and painting in real-time, the artistic results are underwhelming for both the artist and the audience. In drawing out the creative process, I suppose Rivette is attempting to comment on the artist’s struggle, yet is seems contrived, bordering cliché, but in the end, mostly tiresome (Klaus Ming September 2016).