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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life -- Best-selling comic book artist Joann Sfar delivers an inventive biography of famed French singer Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino).
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life -- 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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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life -- 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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Joann Sfar (graphic novel) and
Joann Sfar (screenplay)
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20 January 2010 (France) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Eric Elmosnino ... Serge Gainsbourg / Voix de La Gueule

Lucy Gordon ... Jane Birkin

Laetitia Casta ... Brigitte Bardot

Doug Jones ... La Gueule

Anna Mouglalis ... Juliette Gréco

Mylène Jampanoï ... Bambou

Sara Forestier ... France Gall

Kacey Mottet Klein ... Lucien Ginsburg

Razvan Vasilescu ... Joseph Ginsburg (le père)
Dinara Drukarova ... Olga Ginsburg (la mère) (as Dinara Droukarova)
Philippe Katerine ... Boris Vian

Deborah Grall ... Elisabeth Levizky

Yolande Moreau ... Fréhel
Ophélia Kolb ... Le Modèle

Claude Chabrol ... Le Producteur Musique de Gainsbourg

François Morel ... Le Directeur de l'Internat
Philippe Duquesne ... Lucky Sarcelles
Angelo Debarre ... Le Guitariste Gitan

Grégory Gadebois ... Phyphy (as Grégory Gadebois de la Comédie Française)
Alice Carel ... Judith

Joann Sfar ... Georges Brassens
Orphée Silard ... Lilane Ginsburg / Charlotte Gainsbourg
Lucile Vezier ... Jacqueline Ginsburg / Kate
Le Quatuor ... Les Frères Jacques
Jean-Claude Camors ... Frère Jacques 1
Laurent Vercambre ... Frère Jacques 2
Pierre Ganem ... Frère Jacques 3
Jean-Yves Lacombe ... Frère Jacques 4
Roger Mollien ... Le Père de France Gall (as Roger Mollien de la Comédie Française)
Hortense Pol ... La Fille de Judith
Arnaud Churin ... Le Chef des Pompiers
Guillaume Viry ... Ingénieur du Son Jamaïque
Oliver Cywie ... Gosse Internat 1 (as Olivier Cywie)
Kevin Loubarere ... Gosse !nternat 2
Thomas Larsonnier ... Gosse Internat 3
Vincent Colombe ... Le Flic Nazi Rock 1
Gilles Verlant ... Le Flic Nazi Rock 2
Pierre Brichese ... Le Chauffeur de la Fleetwood (as Piero Brichese)
Jean-Pierre Gos ... Le Responsable Préfecture
Denis Falgoux ... L'Employé Préfecture
Franc Bruneau ... La Planton Brochaut
Maurice Antoni ... Le Directeur de l'Orphelinat
Camille Lupfer ... La Petite Fille Plage
Jacqueline Staup ... La Dame Rousse

Caroline Tillette ... La Fille en Rouge
Jérôme Chappatte ... Le Commissaire Priseur
Marc Du Pontavice ... Le Policier Vian 1
Didier Lupfer ... Le Policier Vian 2
Laurent Lévy ... Le Musicien Classique (as Laurent Levy)
Chloé Coulloud ... Marilou Coiffeuse
Lisa Jacobs ... La Journaliste
Rosette ... La Vendeuse Confiserie
Stéphane Batut ... Le Client Cabaret Mme Arthur
Montse Ribé ... La Gueule (enfant)
Frédéric Mpampa ... Enfant Jamaïcain 1
Jahmal Noel ... Enfant IJmaïcain 2
Janyem Perrin-Cebin ... Enfant Jamaïcain 3
Daniel Isoppo ... Le Journaliste France-Soir
Jeremy Vanhese ... L'Imitateur (as Jeremy Van Hese)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chloé Dumas ... Natalie Wood (uncredited)
Gonzales ... Pianiste Night-Club (uncredited)
Mathias Malzieu ... Musicien Nazi Rock (uncredited)
Riad Sattouf ... Le Petit Modèle de Fréhel (uncredited)

Directed by
Joann Sfar 
 
Writing credits
Joann Sfar (graphic novel)

Joann Sfar  screenplay

Produced by
Marc Du Pontavice .... producer
Matthew Gledhill .... supervising producer
Didier Lupfer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Olivier Daviaud 
 
Cinematography by
Guillaume Schiffman 
 
Film Editing by
Maryline Monthieux 
 
Casting by
Stéphane Batut 
Des Hamilton 
 
Production Design by
Christian Marti 
 
Set Decoration by
Isabelle Girard 
 
Costume Design by
Pascaline Chavanne 
 
Makeup Department
Charlotte Arguillère .... hair stylist
Stéphanie Aznarez .... additional makeup artist (as Stéphanie Asnarez)
Véronique Boitout .... hair stylist
Laurence Boulet .... assistant hair stylist
Sabine Fevre .... makeup artist
Patrick Girault .... key hair stylist
Mathieu Gueracague .... hair stylist
Laetitia Hillion .... special makeup effects artist
Frédéric Lainé .... special makeup effects artist
Sebastian Lochmann .... special makeup effects sculptor
David Martí .... special makeup effects artist
Anne Moralis .... wig maker
Christophe Oliveira .... key makeup artist
Gill Robillard .... key makeup artist
Myriam Roger .... additional hair stylist
Miguel Santos .... hair stylist
Floris Schuller .... special aging prosthetics: DDT Crew
 
Production Management
Pascal Bonnet .... production manager
Maxime Bouyer .... assistant unit manager
Matthieu Constans .... second assistant unit manager
Christina Crassaris .... post-production supervisor
Brice Francois .... assistant unit manager trainee
Bertrand Girard .... unit manager
Alexandre Houllier .... assistant unit manager
Bruno Jouan .... assistant unit manager
Sephora Mayer .... assistant unit manager trainee
David Moreillon .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Felix Baudouin .... second second assistant director
Yann Cuinet .... first assistant director
Sonia Delhaye .... additional assistant director
Winter Goury du Roslan .... trainee assistant director
Carol Lecacheur .... assistant director: crowd
Marie Rolindes .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Sophie Bégon .... assistant art director trainee
Maite Goblet .... second assistant art director
Alain Gosse .... first assistant art director
Frédéric Jourdan .... carpenter
Pascal Leguellec .... assistant art director
Julia Lemaire .... assistant art director
Julia Lemaire .... assistant set decorator
Jean Noviel .... roughman
Nicolas Raffy .... property master
Jochen Rohrig .... head carpenter
Julien Tesseraud .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Philippe Amouroux .... sound re-recording mixer
Niels Barletta .... sound mastering engineer
Daniel Cabrera Majada .... spanish sap mixer
Gurwal Coïc-Gallas .... sound editor
Jean Goudier .... supervising sound editor
Johann Gretke .... sound trainee
Cyril Holtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Pierre-Jean Labrusse .... sound mix technician
Fred Mays .... post-synchronisation
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: dolby
Florian Penot .... assistant foley artist
David Rit .... boom operator
Daniel Sobrino .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Xavi Bastida .... special makeup effects DDT crew
Maxime Boquier .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Oriane Cattiaux .... special effects assistant
Chris Clarke .... lead animatronic designer
Grégoire Delage .... special effects supervisor
Jordi Morera .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Raquel Munuera .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Pablo Perona Navarro .... special effects makeup
Charles-Axel Vollard .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Béatrice Bauwens .... visual effects coordinator
Nicolas Borens .... digital compositor
Sophie Denize .... visual effects producer
Julien Dias .... senior compositor
Florence Durante .... matte painter
Cédric Fayolle .... visual effects supervisor
Damien Hurgon .... digital compositor
Wulff Jeremy .... digital compositor
Luc Martias .... rotoscoping artist
François Masle .... digital compositor
François Masle .... roto artist
 
Stunts
Laurent Alexandre .... stunt double: Serge Gainsbourg
Jean-Marc Bellu .... stunts
Jean-Louis Bonnet .... stunt double: Policier Vian 1
Lyne Doffagne .... stunt double: Jane Birkin
Dominique Fouassier .... stunt coordinator
Gérard Kuhnl .... stunt driver
Mathieu Lardot .... assistant stunt coordinator
Thierry Latour .... stunts
Jean-Yves Meynet .... stunts
Sébastien Peres .... stunts
Garry Pieri .... stunts
Ludo Silemetzoglou .... stunt double: La Gueule
Yann Tremblay .... Stunt double: Policier Vian 2 / car de police
Daniel Vérité .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Loïc Andrieu .... additional steadicam operator
Sylvain Bardoux .... grip
Senda Bonnet .... assistant camera
Julien Bullat .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Simon Bérard .... gaffer
Patrick Chizallet .... grip
Stéphane Chollet .... steadicam operator
David Ciccodicola .... second assistant camera
Alexandre Ferrini .... stagiaire image
Vincent Garat .... generator operator
Guillaume Genini .... focus puller
Hans Krumenacker .... electrician
Stella Libert .... additional first assistant camera
Loïc Limosin .... electrician
Aurore Lossouarn .... assistant camera
Laurent Menoury .... key grip
François Perrault-Alix .... grip
Honoré Soubrie .... grip
Benjamin Vial .... grip
 
Casting Department
Clementine Boissins .... extras casting assistant
Emilie Chaumat .... extras casting assistant
Julie David .... casting: children
Peggy Pasquerault .... casting assistant
Miguel Peraudeau .... extras casting assistant
Elise Vogel .... extras casting assistant
Stéphane Zito .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Catherine Boisgontier .... assistant costume designer
Caroline de Tugny .... patina & tint
Denise Diallo .... wardrobe
Valérie Le Hello .... costumer
Aurélie Morille .... wardrobe
Mireille Todounou .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Karen Cerutti .... first assistant editor
Myriam Coën .... digital conformation
Ornella Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Sophia Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Frederic Jupin .... digital conformation
Amélie Massoutier .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Philippe Almosnino .... musician: guitars
Sylvain Bardiau .... musician: trumpet
Daniel Beja .... musician: guitars
Cyril Bilbeaud .... musician (drums)
Laurent Binder .... music engineer
Jean-Baptiste Brunhes .... music engineer
Jean-Baptiste Brunhes .... music mixer
Raphael Chassin .... musician (drums)
Pascal Colomb .... musician: electric bass
Bertrand Commere .... musician: guitars/banjos/sitars/mandolins
Cecile Coutelier .... music assistant engineer
Olivier Daviaud .... music arranger
Olivier Daviaud .... music producer
Olivier Daviaud .... music programmer
Olivier Daviaud .... musician: vocals/pianos/cellos
Albin De La Simone .... musician (keyboards)
Angelo Debarre .... musician: guitars/banjos
Tyron Donnie .... musician (keyboards)
David DuPuy .... musician: trumpet
Thibault Frisoni .... musician: guitars
Martin Gamet .... musician: electric/acoustic basses
Frederic Gastard .... musician: saxophones
Estelle Goldfarb .... musician (violin)
Gonzales .... musician: pianos
Orkhan Hartlap .... musician (drums)
Sylvaine Hélary .... musician (flute)
Paul Jothy .... musician (drums)
Halima Kadi .... musician
Halima Kadi .... vocalist
Pascale Kameni Kamga .... musician
Pascale Kameni Kamga .... vocalist
Christophe Lavergne .... musician (drums & percussion)
Paul Lavergne .... executive music producer
Paul Lavergne .... music supervisor
Pierre le Bourgeois .... musician (electric bass)
Thierry le Chauve .... musician (electric bass)
Alban le Goff .... musician: pianos
Stephane le Guerel .... musician (drums)
Didier Lizé .... music engineer: string orchestra
Mathias Malher .... musician: trombone
Marie-Line Marolany .... vocalist
Jason Meyer .... musician (violin)
Celine Munan .... musician
Celine Munan .... vocalist
Sarah Murcia .... musician (bass)
Nosfell .... musician: guitars/vocals
Deyan Pavlov .... conductor
Slim Pezin .... musician: guitars
Didier Pouydesseau .... music engineer
Francois Puyalto .... musician: guitarron
Rodolphe Raffali .... musician: guitars
Charles Rappoport .... musician (violin)
Marc Sens .... musician (electric bass)
Jacques Tellitocchi .... musician (percussion)
Serge Teyssot-Gay .... musician: guitars
Thibault Willigens .... musician: guitars
Yom .... musician: clarinets
Efim Zoubriski .... musician (violin)
Elena Chouchkova .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Olivier Daviaud .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marie Barré .... location scout
Tatiana Bouchain .... production staff
Luc Bricault .... location scout
Christophe Chauveau .... location scout
Xavier Douin .... location scout
Guillaume Dreyfus .... script consultant
Julien Etienne .... additional assistant to director
Kevin Frilet .... location scout
Anne-Sophie Gledhill .... french language coach
Lionel Guerrini .... location scout
Marc Leroyer .... armorer: weapons
Marie McFerran .... assistant production accountant
Paul Onteniente .... production administrator
Sophie Onteniente .... assistant production administrator
Isabelle Ribis .... script supervisor
Cécile Rodolakis .... script assistant
Guillaume Sion .... assistant unit manager
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)" - France (original title)
"Gainsbourg" - International (English title)
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Runtime:
135 min | UK:122 min (recut version)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:MA | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Ireland:15A | Japan:R15+ | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15

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Trivia:
The project was originally envisioned with Serge Gainsbourg's real life daughter, actress Charlotte Gainsbourg to play him in keeping with the film's surreal and fairytale-esque tone. Six months into rehearsals and preparation Gainsbourg pulled out telling director Joann Sfar, it was proving to emotionally painful and he would have to make his "beautiful film" without her. Sfar had always approached the film with her in mind and was ready to abort the project when fate lead him to Eric Elmosnino.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The young Gainsbourg is shown drawing left-handed, but the adult Gainsbourg becomes right-handed.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Lucien Ginsburg:Can I put your hand in mine?
Girl:No, you're too ugly.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
La CocoSee more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
a complex work about France in the 20th century and about one of its major artists, 28 December 2010
Author: dromasca from Herzlya, Israel

Where does this amazing film come from? Who is Joann Sfar, a director I never heard about before? The easiest answer at hand was the wikipedia entry which tells us that Sfar is a well known comics author in the fabulous French-Belgian tradition. He is of Jewish origin, and his next film is an adaptation of one of his comics successes called The Rabbi's Cat.

And suddenly all makes sense. The opening scenes of the film contain the key of the biography of French musician and poet Serge Gainsbourg as imagined by Sfar. We see Lucien Ginzburg, a Jewish kid in occupied Paris during WWII daring not only to laugh in fronde at the nose of the collaborationist police by being the first in line to receive his yellow Star of David as a sign of nobility rather than an anathema, but moreover, to transform in his mind and his sketch drawings the fat rapacious Jew on the Vichy posters in the thin, stylish, long nose and big years Gueule - the alter-ego who will guide his steps and feed his revenging self-confidence for the rest of his life.

The combination of acting and cartoon is not a new thing, but it has never been tried before in a biopic to the best of my knowledge. Sure, it is not the usual respectful biopic but it's the vision of Sfar about Ginzburg - Gainsbourg, and Sfar he says in the final text before the credits was more interested about Gainsbourg lies than by his perceived truths. Moreover, for sure Gainsbourg himself would not have appreciated a respectful film. Ironically under-titled 'Vie heroique' (heroic life) the film takes us though the artistic and especially womanizing career of Gainsbourg from the early 50s to the late 70s. We see him in the company of such French cultural icon as Boris Vian and especially of fabulous women such as Juliette Greco, Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin (and actually the list in the film is very partial). I enjoyed each of the scenes in this part of the film which combine style, attention to details (just follow how fashion changes marking the progress of time) and deep understanding of the atmosphere of the Parisian clubs and artistic milieu in the mythic mid-20 century. His Gueule alter-ego mentors him though this trip and when he decides to renounce his patronizing, it's the beginning of the end - the charisma goes away and the effects of his excesses slowly destroy him. Maybe a little more of his art would have provided an even more complex and balanced image of the person that Gainsbourg was - this would be my only observation.

The choice of Eric Elmosnino as Gainsbourg is excellent, he drives the character from the insecurity of the young age to the decay of the end, all the time with charm and deep empathy. He proves a perfect understanding of the intentions of the director and a full identification with the identity dilemmas of the French-Jewish Gainsbourg. Laetitia Casta is a perfect replica of Bardot. Lucy Gordon is mastering very well Jane Birkin's role. Her maturity makes even harder to explain the suicide of the young actress a few days before the film was presented in avant-premiere at Cannes.

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