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Vigo: A Passion for Life (1998)

Vigo (original title)
Based on the life of a classic french cineast Jean Vigo, the story follows his daily struggle with sanity, normal life and uncompromising filmmaking. Story also focuses on his relationship ... See full summary »

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Jean Vigo
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Lydu Lozinska
Nicholas Barnes ...
Casino Croupier
David Battley ...
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Joe Boiling ...
Zero Boy
Anna Bolt ...
Misha
Christine Burlett ...
Hospital Concierge
Jack Capelli ...
Zero Boy
Charles Collingwood ...
Plain Clothes Policeman
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Young Jean Vigo
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The Producer
Marie Dang ...
The Venus
Emmanuelle Epstein ...
Elizabeth Lozinska
Donald Gee ...
Dominican Priest
Jeremy Greig ...
Zero Boy
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Based on the life of a classic french cineast Jean Vigo, the story follows his daily struggle with sanity, normal life and uncompromising filmmaking. Story also focuses on his relationship with his supporting wife whom he met in sanatorium. Written by Anonymous

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Julien Temple's inspired telling of French filmmaker Jean Vigo's passions, beautifully shot and acted, but sadly, overlooked.
17 June 2002 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews



Sighhh.....I continue to be dismayed that "Vigo" never did better box office wise, and that more than a couple of critics seemed lukewarm or worse to it. I suppose I did have a positive "chick-flick" reaction to it as a love story. But I only like well done chick flicks!

I think that part of the problem is the pre-set attitudes mainstream film people may have towards Julian Temple. I've seen the documentary he did on the Sex Pistols, and "Absolute Beginners". They both left me scratching my head a bit. I love people who have range and take risks. He is CERTAINLY not a mainstream filmmaker! And yet, "Vigo" is an almost classically made thing of beauty. The cinematography was excellent and at times breathtaking, while never taking away from the flow of action. I was delightfully surprised by that, besides just being blown away by the performances of James Frain and Romane Bohringer especially. They were very well supported by the rest of the cast.

And this nonsense over English actors playing French characters! I've read more than one comment about that. Have you people NO imagination? If so, then stick to the History Channel or read only encyclopedias! Actors "act", they are not all doing reconstructed scenes for "Americas Most Wanted". These actors did a wonderful job at telling their story.

I really think that critics may have gone into this film with their own preconceived notions as to what needed to be said about Jean Vigo (as one may do with any bio-pic), and believed that Julian Temple couldn't deliver it. On it's own, disregarding a campaign FOR something comprehensive on Jean Vigo's career or AGAINST Julian Temple's, I believe that this film is a beautiful love story and a well told tale of a short life full of passion.


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