Golden Globe nominee Linus Roache stars as troubled painter Vincent van Gogh in this drama from the BBC's "Omnibus" series. Struggling to make ends meet first as an art dealer, then as a ... See full summary »

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Golden Globe nominee Linus Roache stars as troubled painter Vincent van Gogh in this drama from the BBC's "Omnibus" series. Struggling to make ends meet first as an art dealer, then as a missionary in a coal mine, van Gogh was tormented by elusive love and madness. After notoriously cutting off his ear and spending a year in an asylum, we see the artists struggles and passions throughout his life.

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A portrait of the life of Vincent Van Gogh from childhood to death.
24 July 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Thankfully this telling of the life of Vincent Van Gogh doesn't dodge Vincent's disturbed mind but fails to develop a coherent presentation. Van Gogh's life is presented in great detail, including a disturbed family life, the likely cause of his mental instability. The relationship between Vincent and his brother Theo is nicely developed, including its roots in childhood. For a lover of Van Gogh art there's very little about the growth of his his remarkable vision of art. The early paintings of the potato growers elided over completely. The director throws together a pastiche of repetitive events using a mix of film editing styles and hopes the viewer will sort it all out. Interesting but in the end disappointing.


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