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Vincent & Theo (1990)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 16 November 1990 (USA)
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The familiar tragic story of Vincent van Gogh is broadened by focusing as well on his brother Theodore, who helped support Vincent. The movie also provides a nice view of the locations which Vincent painted.


Robert Altman


Julian Mitchell





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Vincent Van Gogh
Paul Rhys ... Theo Van Gogh
Adrian Brine Adrian Brine ... Uncle Cent
Jean-François Perrier ... Léon Boussod
Yves Dangerfield Yves Dangerfield ... René Valadon (as Vincent Vallier)
Hans Kesting Hans Kesting ... Andries Bonger
Peter Tuinman Peter Tuinman ... Anton Mauve
Marie-Louise Stheins Marie-Louise Stheins ... Jet Mauve (as Marie Louise Stheins)
Oda Spelbos Oda Spelbos ... Ida
Jip Wijngaarden Jip Wijngaarden ... Sien Hoornik
Anne Canovas ... Marie
Sarah Bentham Sarah Bentham ... Marie Hoornik
Gusta Gerritsen Gusta Gerritsen ... Kee Vos
Jean-Denis Monory Jean-Denis Monory ... Emile Bernard
Han Kerckhoffs Han Kerckhoffs ... Vos


It's the late nineteenth century. Adult Dutch brothers Vincent Van Gogh and Theo Van Gogh, living in Paris, lead differing lives despite having art as a connection. Vincent, who sticks to his principles which includes believing in God but not religion, wants to be a full time painter, living in squalor for his art. Theo, who works in an art gallery, lives for the moment, he selling art which he doesn't much like to lead a comfortable life. One other area of commonality between the brothers is easily succumbing to pleasures of the flesh. Theo does not sell Vincent's art, as he knows it is not in demand. Vincent's view of his brother does not change when he learns it is Theo, and not their father which he had previously thought, who is supporting him. Each brother is a tortured soul - in Vincent's case, it considered in some circles as madness - which affects how each deals with his respective life. Beyond the several sexual relationships each has, some key moments and more extended ... Written by Huggo

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An obsessive vision. A desperate dream. A world that didn't understand... And a brother that did.


Biography | Drama


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Money on reproductions of Van Gogh's masterpieces was saved by hiring art students to do them. See more »


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The most interesting life story is shown in the best way possible
26 January 2001 | by talporatSee all my reviews

I have to admit that it took me a while to grasp this movie. My knowledge about Vincent Van Gogh's life is huge (very modest, I know), and I thought that there is nothing new I could learn about him- until I saw this film. Its realistic style is just killing me. You're not gonna see in it any Hollywood glamour or something, Nothing's fixed or cut- Everything is shown like it's for real (unlike "Lust for life", which is a great film, but not as "Vincent and Theo"- well, it's very different). The focusing on the amazing relationship between the two brothers is great, but I think they should focus on the famous letters as well... but it's okay anyway. Tim Roth is a fabulous actor, and he acted Vincent's role very good.

The one who act Theo is also great. The end is so sad and good, and shows that not only Vincent needed Theo's help. Theo needed Vincent's help as well. Some of the scenes are just unforgettable- Vincent painting in the sunflowers field, for example. The director used amazing camera effects! It looks soooo surrealistic, but yes, you feel like you're watching the sunflowers through Vincent's eyes, through the madness. It's an amazing, shocking, interesting and full of Vincent's magical yet tragic life.

Everyone who has even the slightest interest in Vincent Van Gogh- watch it!!!

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16 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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$22,585, 4 November 1990

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