From the film-maker:
The girl in the painting had something that captivated me: the melancholy in her eyes. The change of style within the picture also called my attention to it. Everything is painted with an impressionistic technique, impressionistic colours and loose brushwork, except the girl in the foreground. This helps to create the cinematic effect of soft focus and draws the viewer's attention to the girl on the left, producing an awkward composition. Later on I read that Renoir, disillusioned with Impressionism, returned to 'The Umbrellas' years later and repainted that figure. That mysterious girl was, then, the starting point for my story. Subsequently, I found something else that interested me as well: the man standing right behind her. It seems to me that he's looking admiringly at her face, although his position makes that impossible.
Elisa Cepedal García
A piece inspired by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Umbrellas, about 1881-6