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Van Gogh (1991)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  30 October 1992 (USA)
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The final sixty-seven days of Van Gogh's life is examined.

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Jacques Dutronc ...
Alexandra London ...
Marguerite (Gachet)
Bernard Le Coq ...
Gérard Séty ...
Corinne Bourdon ...
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Cathy
Leslie Azzoulai ...
Adeline Ravoux (as Leslie Azoulai)
Jacques Vidal ...
Chantal Barbarit ...
Madame Chevalier
Claudine Ducret ...
Professeur de Piano
Frédéric Bonpart ...
La Mouche
Maurice Coussonneau ...
Chaponval
Didier Barbier ...
L'Idiot
Gilbert Pignol
André Bernot ...
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In late spring, 1890, Vincent moves to Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris, under the care of Dr. Gachet, living in a humble inn. Fewer than 70 days later, Vincent dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. We see Vincent at work, painting landscapes and portraits. His brother Theo, wife Johanna, and their baby visit Auvers. Vincent is playful and charming, engaging the attentions of Gachet's daughter Marguerite (who's half Vincent's age), a young maid at the inn, Cathy a Parisian prostitute, and Johanna. Shortly before his death, Vincent visits Paris, quarrels with Theo, disparages his own art and accomplishments, dances at a brothel, and is warm then cold toward Marguerite. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Music by Léo Delibes
Sung by Claudine Ducret
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Great Portrait of Van Gogh & His Last Days
28 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you haven't seen this movie yet, set aside a few hours and treat yourself to this gem of a film.

Jacques Dutronc is great as the Von Gogh, but Alexandra London is fantastic stealing almost every scene she is in with Dutronc. Bernard Le Coq as big brother, Theo, turns in a good controlled performance as well.

The supporting cast is also first rate.

The movie covers the last two months of Van Gogh's life from his arrival in Auvers sur Oise ( then a sleepy suburb 17 miles from Paris) until his death from apparently self-inflicted wounds. He is buried there by the way, next to his brother Theo, and the inn where he stayed is still standing. (Google "Auvers-Sur-Oise") The sad part is that Van Gogh appeared to suffered from a form of depression, if it were today it could have been treated with proper medication. If he had lived 110 years later he might have been fine.

I loved the research they appeared to do on everything from period trains, blacksmiths, inn keepers, farmers, day laborers, other artists and family members. It has an authentic feel to it.

Another good part is the lack of a sappy soundtrack to detract from the story at hand. The lack of a soundtrack renders it almost as if you are standing in the same town watching what is going on. "Excuse me, are you Vincent Van Gogh?" The picture is beautifully photographed and as one IMDb'er from France pointed out in his comments "some sequences along the river look like Renoirs's paintings" It's true.

Don't miss this.


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