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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010)
"Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)" (original title)

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A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62.

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Lucien Ginsburg, a rebellious French Jewish boy with a grotesque imagination, hates playing the piano like his father, a bar professional, and manages to be admitted to Montmartre Academy as painter, where he befriends an SS officer who helps him survive he occupation. After the war, he chooses to become a performing artist and adopts the stage name Serge Gainsbourg. His unorthodox songs bring him success, even his parents's approval, and lots of lovers, yet his marriages are all utter failures. Written by KGF Vissers

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$25,189 (USA) (2 September 2011)

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$230,311 (USA) (9 December 2011)
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Only two original Serge Gainsbourg songs are used on the soundtrack - "Je t'aime...Moi non plus" and "Valse de Melody". The rest were all recreated by Eric Elmosnino. See more »

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The young Gainsbourg is shown drawing left-handed, but the adult Gainsbourg becomes right-handed. See more »

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[first lines]
Lucien Ginsburg: Can I put your hand in mine?
Girl: No, you're too ugly.
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References La Piscine (1969) See more »

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Je Bois
Written by Boris Vian and Alain Goraguer
Originally performed by Boris Vian
Performed by Philippe Katerine (avec l'aimable autorisation de Barclay)
Courtesy of MCA Records
© 1956 - Warner Chapell Music France
(P) 2010 - One World Films
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A little disappointing
18 November 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Serge Gainsbourg was many things: an artist, writer, painter, alcoholic and lover to many. He is a fascinating man who lead a fascinating life and director Joann Sfar makes a great effort here to portray it all. From the early days prior to WWII Gainsbourg was clearly going to amount to something. As he grew older and dabbled here and there in various art forms and dabbled in various women with lovers including Bridgette Bardot and Jane Birkin. Yet as he grew older Gainsbourg dabbled in more drink and drugs and this led to a troubled life.

I was to begin with fascinated by this man, full of charm and wit and ideas abounding. Yet as the film progressed I felt less and less concerned by this man and began wondering when the film might end. As interesting he was, he was also not the nicest of characters, especially in his latter years when he appears to be a drunk and grumpy man. The little touches of fantasy work well to begin with, Gainsbourg's 'imaginary friend' is interesting, but then becomes more and more grotesque and yet more annoying and often blurs the line between realism and surrealism.

Ultimately this has enough to provide an interesting account of someone who had a very full life, but for me it lost it's way part way through and therefore lost it's momentum.

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