Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets
FATHER AND SON ON FILM
“Renoir,” playing at Amherst Cinema, is about the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste, and his son, Jean, the future filmmaker — but it’s also about the camera’s vision. It’s the summer of 1915, and the painter has begun work with a new model, Andrée. Jean, convalescing from a war wound, begins to fall for Andrée and to experiment with film. The story is told with what The New York Times calls an “unabashedly sensual vision, celebrated in every shot.”
ANOTHER GOOD BET
On Saturday, New Century Theatre presents “Life in the (413)” — six tales about life in western Massachusetts written by local talents Kelsey Flynn, Hilary Price, Tom McCabe, Jaz Tupelo and others. 7 p.m. at Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center, Smith College; $20.