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Van Gogh (1991)

The final sixty-seven days of Van Gogh's life are examined.

Director:

Maurice Pialat

Writer:

Maurice Pialat
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Dutronc ... Vincent Van Gogh
Alexandra London Alexandra London ... Marguerite (Gachet)
Bernard Le Coq Bernard Le Coq ... Théo Van Gogh
Gérard Séty Gérard Séty ... Gachet
Corinne Bourdon Corinne Bourdon ... Jo
Elsa Zylberstein ... Cathy
Leslie Azzoulai Leslie Azzoulai ... Adeline Ravoux (as Leslie Azoulai)
Jacques Vidal Jacques Vidal ... Ravoux
Chantal Barbarit Chantal Barbarit ... Madame Chevalier
Claudine Ducret Claudine Ducret ... Professeur de Piano
Frédéric Bonpart Frédéric Bonpart ... La Mouche
Maurice Coussonneau Maurice Coussonneau ... Chaponval
Didier Barbier Didier Barbier ... L'Idiot
Gilbert Pignol Gilbert Pignol
André Bernot André Bernot ... La Butte Rouge
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Storyline

In late spring, 1890, Vincent moves to Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris, under the care of Dr. Gachet, living in a humble inn. Fewer than 70 days later, Vincent dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. We see Vincent at work, painting landscapes and portraits. His brother Theo, wife Johanna, and their baby visit Auvers. Vincent is playful and charming, engaging the attentions of Gachet's daughter Marguerite (who's half Vincent's age), a young maid at the inn, Cathy a Parisian prostitute, and Johanna. Shortly before his death, Vincent visits Paris, quarrels with Theo, disparages his own art and accomplishments, dances at a brothel, and is warm then cold toward Marguerite. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Gross USA:

$138,720
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.66 : 1
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Daniel Auteuil was originally considered for the part of Van Gogh, but he declined. The role was then proposed to Jean-Hugues Anglade, before Jacques Dutronc was finally cast. See more »

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Nice Try, but...
22 May 2006 | by juliano66See all my reviews

The strength of this film hinges on the plausibility of the account- if this is indeed an accurate portrayal of Van Gogh's last days then it at least has some innate value in that regard. Although the pain of V.G.'s suffering was excruciatingly heightened by the real-life pace, the film suffered overall from being too slow. I was left feeling depressed about Van Gogh and got the feeling that maybe some aspects of a person's life are better left undramatized. The character of "Van Gogh" ultimately comes across as a hopeless case--crazy, depressed, bitter, irresponsible and ill-tempered, hopelessly dependent on his brother and resentful to the point of suicide because of it. But is that the whole story? There must be more and this movie doesn't leave the viewer with the impression that any stones have been left unturned. Too much of this man's earlier life is unknown to us(assumed) and his actions and relationship with his brother, Theo have no real context for the viewer to truly sympathize or understand Van Gogh. And the relations he has with the love interests in the film are in many ways stilted and hard to believe. Van Gogh was a stormy, complex, singular type of human being whose story resists just this type of retelling. Nice try but I think this film missed.


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