Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light

2018 | Italy | 90mins | PG

  • English and Italian with English subtitles
  • Director: Giovanni Troilo (‘Fan Pio the Weight of Holiness’, ‘Caravaggio Criminale’, ‘William Kentridge Triumphs and Laments’)
  • Writers: Giorgio D’Introno, Marco Pisoni, Giovanni Troilo
  • Stars: Elisa Lasowski, Georges Clemenceau, Claude Monet
  • Documentary, World Cinema
  • Trailer


22 Jul, Wednesday

An interesting , sometimes visually stunning film

Monet is only an eye, but my God, what an eye.

Water Lilies by Monet – the Magic of Water and Light tells the story of the origin of a massive work of art that broke with convention, of an artist resurrecting his life only thanks to painting. His human endeavor defied both space and conventions in his timeless masterpieces.

In a war-torn country, the undisputed genius of French Art disrupted the art world and changes it forever. As the end of the First World War drew near it became clear to Monet that his work of art could not but be his final legacyto France: a symbol of peace, hope, and resistance, in a battered and bloody world.

This is the tale of an obsession with light and water the painter could not escape from and how he transformed it into a kind of magic. A tale of the radical elements that revolutionized Modern Art: Monet’s clear intentwas to transfer onto canvas the “first, pure impression” of forms and objects as they appear to the eye that has never seen them before.

And this documentary will show the Water Lilies by Claude Monet, as they have never been seen before. A unique, exclusive look at the masterpieces housed at the Orangerie Museum, the Marmottan Museum, the Orsay Museum and Giverny, forthe firsttime ever on the big screen for an unrepeatable experience.

Inspired by the international bestseller Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies (2016) written byRoss King, also featured in the film.

there is just enough live footage to bring him to life, while beautifully edited shots of depictions of Monet enhance his work and personality.
Martin Turner, Perth Now

[Narrator] Lasowksi brings a quietly passionate, not over-polished quality to the film as we meander down the Seine in all its varied beauty, a water system Monet was never far from.
Martin Turner, Perth Now