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Loving Vincent (2017)

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In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Booth ... Armand Roulin (voice)
Josh Burdett ... The Zouave (voice)
Holly Earl ... La Mousme (voice)
Robin Hodges ... Lieutenant Milliet (voice)
Chris O'Dowd ... Postman Joseph Roulin (voice)
John Sessions ... Pere Tanguy (voice)
Helen McCrory ... Louise Chevalier (voice)
Eleanor Tomlinson ... Adeline Ravoux (voice)
Aidan Turner ... The Boatman (voice)
Saoirse Ronan ... Marguerite Gachet (voice)
Joe Stuckey Joe Stuckey ... Young Man with a Cornflower (voice)
James Greene ... Old Peasant (voice)
Martin Herdman ... Gendarme Rigaumon (voice)
Bill Thomas Bill Thomas ... Doctor Mazery (voice)
Jerome Flynn ... Doctor Gachet (voice)
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A year after the death of the artist, Vincent van Gogh, Postman Roulin gets his slacker son, Armand, to hand deliver the artist's final letter written to his now late brother, Theo, to some worthy recipient after multiple failed postal delivery attempts. Although disdainful of this seemingly pointless chore, Armand travels to Auvers-sur-Oise where a purported close companion to Vincent, Dr. Gachet, lives. Having to wait until the doctor returns from business, Armand meets many of the people of that village who not only knew Vincent, but were apparently also models and inspirations for his art. In doing so, Armand becomes increasingly fascinated in the psyche and fate of Van Gogh as numerous suspicious details fail to add up. However, as Armand digs further, he comes to realize that Vincent's troubled life is as much a matter of interpretation as his paintings and there are no easy answers for a man whose work and tragedy would only be truly appreciated in the future. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The truth is, we cannot speak other than by our paintings. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, some violence, sexual material and smoking | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La passion Van Gogh See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,180, 24 September 2017

Gross USA:

$6,735,118

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,187,665
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (flashback sequences)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During a masterclass at Klik Amsterdam Animation Festival, directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman revealed that a viewer looking closely can see a fly stuck in the paint in one frame. See more »

Goofs

A fly can be seen for a frame, with it being stuck to the real life painting of the frame. See more »

Quotes

Marguerite Gachet: You want to know so much about his death, but what do you know of his life?
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SPOILER: In the closing credits, the tableau for Dr. Gachet discusses the difficulty that experts had in distinguishing the genuine works painted by van Gogh from those painted by Dr. Gachet in the style of van Gogh. See more »

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Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)
Composed by Don McLean
Performed by Lianne La Havas
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Amazing work of art, telling a melancholic tale
12 November 2017 | by dierregiSee all my reviews

This is one-of-a-kind movie and definitely a must for lovers of Van Gogh. I studied art, therefore I was very interested in seeing how they managed to produce new painting using his technique. The result is visually striking. You can actually experience some of Van Gogh's paintings coming to life, which is in itself pretty amazing.

However, a movie must also have a strong script, a good story to go with the visual. The plot is about Armand Roulin, son of Joseph Roulin - two frequent subjects of Van Gogh's portraits. In fact, the whole Roulin family, inclusive of mum Augustine and her other two children were painted several times by Van Gogh, while in Arles.

Joseph was Van Gogh's postman and in the movie he entrusts Armand to deliver his last letter to brother Theo. Vincent and Theo's letters were published at the beginning of the last century, shedding light on their affectionate relationship, but not about Vincent's demise.

Therefore, Armand sets out to investigate Vincent's last days. The tone is somber and melancholic, somehow clashing with the beautiful visuals. Van Gogh comes across as an enigmatic man who could be sweet and full joy one moment and despondent the next - maybe suffering from bi-polar disorder, but we'll never know.

The plot develops a bit slowly in the end we do not know much more of what we knew at the beginning, but for sure we can retain the memory of this fantastic pictorial voyage.


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