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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
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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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A flamboyant work, a real pleasure to your eyes, but still a little bit plain. See more (25 total) »

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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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Laetitia Casta had a dance teacher for her sexy dance to Bardot's song "Comic Strip". She pointed out that the teacher was "a bit boring" and told director Joann Sfar she "needed no help in getting the audience a hard-on".See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the 135 minute version of the film a nightclub reveler laughs about Gainsbourg being parodied on 'Guignols de l'info' (a French puppet show in which celebrities are mocked) but in the same scene Gainsbourg meets Bambou for the first time (his last wife). He married Bambou in 1981 but the Guignols were only created in 1988.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 Java BleueSee more »

FAQ

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30 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
A flamboyant work, a real pleasure to your eyes, but still a little bit plain., 21 January 2010
Author: Kristine Giluce from France

A film, concentrating on the personality of the composer-singer. An icon of twentieth century, not only for France, but to whole Europe, perhaps even to the whole Occidental world. Basically, this work of Joann Sfar is based onto the the most remarkable points of Gainsbourg's life, and that is, oh, so comprehensible, because otherwise we'd have a film of five hours or more, nevertheless the two hours and twenty minutes seem already sufficient. And maybe even more than that.

This interpretation of Serge Gainsbourgs' life is a work of flaming colors; of ambiances which change periodically with the passage of time, ups and downs of Serge's life. At the end, regarding on all the milieus seen, we realize not only the length of the film, but as well the rapid cultural changes in France of twentieth century.

Pursuing on that, Sfar starts leading the spectator on a guided tour called ''Serge's life''. It starts from the forties when France was bearing the heavy weight of German occupation – this is where Russian Jewish boy called Lucien Ginsburg grows up. Though, it is funny, that in this part of movie, we can find all the stereotypes of France, in particularly Paris, for which the rest of the world keeps going mad even nowadays. Let's see, here we have the artistic ambiances of Monmartre, very similar to those of Belle Époque, bohemian to the bone - the cozy cafés, femmes fatales, chanson française and so on... This movie couldn't be seen as a real biography, starting already with the small phantasms in a form of giant head of a Jewish man who comes out of a Nazi poster to play and dance with little Lucien. It is the same boy, who later imagines La Gueule, a caricatured idol of himself in the childhood, but a big, fat ego and an exteriorized inner voice, during the adult life.

Already as a kid, he is a real charmer, an artist with multiple talents, seducing everyone around him. With the time passing this capacity of seduction becomes more and more sexual. It grows in geometrical progression until we meet (very intimately) Brigitte Bardot, the sex symbol of the time. We possibly couldn't denie that Laetitia Casta not only resembles very much to the authentic goddess of the time. She does give some quite authentic elements of Bardot's performance in Vadim's Et Dieu Créa La Femme. When dating Brigitte Bardot, Lucien Ginsbourg is already long gone, it's now the eccentric, successful and famous Serge Gainsbourg. The self convinced type, always with a cigarette in the corner of his lips. Sfar realizes very well, that the "best-seller" of the Gainsbourg appearances is his profile view, which, no-one in nowadays' Europe would never mistake. Perhaps, it is also that the man who plays Gainsbourg. Eric Elmosnino, from this point of view does not look like himself, but like his portrayed character. Stunning resemblance! And we can find a short reference to Antonioni's Blow-Up. It is the iconic image of Jane Birkin, wearing nothing but bright colored stockings.

Being this far, it is not difficult to see that the main leading powers of Gainsbourg's fame were... his talent and the charming trouble makers' appearances. Sfar's film has depicted them both. More, the presence of the phantasms and loud spoken dialogs with his inner him – La Gueule, points at the will to make this movie a bit different from a simple telling of a biography (assuming, that a large number already knows it). But still, I'd like to say that it is not enough to make this film a real masterpiece. The linearity is a little bit boring, and after the first half of the movie has been seen, you might want to check your watch. This is an unstoppable rolling towards the end, the only limit of the man – the end. But cinema has such wonderful possibilities to play with reality and even time, so why could we not have a little bit more interesting way of telling this exciting story? This makes the movie a bit plain, even with such wonderful and detailed work on visual elements.

The music? I guess it is inutile to say what kind and whose music we hear in the film. The relations between the music and images are well done, they illustrate time and place and whispers how Serge is doing. Whether you like it or not, it is already another question...

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