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At Eternity's Gate (2018)

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A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

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Julian Schnabel
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... Vincent van Gogh
Rupert Friend ... Theo Van Gogh
Oscar Isaac ... Paul Gauguin
Mads Mikkelsen ... The Priest
Mathieu Amalric ... Dr. Paul Gachet
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Madame Ginoux
Niels Arestrup ... Madman
Anne Consigny ... Teacher
Amira Casar ... Johanna Van Gogh
Vincent Perez ... The Director
Lolita Chammah ... Girl on the Road
Stella Schnabel Stella Schnabel ... Gaby
Vladimir Consigny Vladimir Consigny ... Doctor Felix Ray
Arthur Jacquin Arthur Jacquin ... René
Solal Forte Solal Forte ... Gaston
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A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic content | See all certifications »
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Switzerland | UK | France | USA | Ireland

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French | English

Release Date:

15 November 2018 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

At Eternity's Gate See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$92,856, 18 November 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,258,262, 13 December 2018
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2.35 : 1
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The film premiered at the 2018 Venice Film Festival where Dafoe won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. Olivia Colman, his co-star in 2017's Murder On the Orient Express, won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress the very same year for her role in 2018's The Favourite. See more »

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Vincent Van Gogh: Without painting, I don't think I can live.
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Julian shoots himself in the foot
3 November 2018 | by lor_See all my reviews

Stealing many a technique from far better filmmakers, Julian Schnabel botches this obviously personal film about Van Gogh. It fails to deliver any insight into the artist and is surprisingly stupid in terms of its treatment of basic themes.

Schnabel begins by stealing the technique developed over 40 years ago by director Peter Watkins, best known for his "Edvard Munch" film that JS certainly has seen. It is the "You Are There" approach to presenting period material, ironically adapted from the 1950s CBS TV series of that name (CBS Films is releasing "At Eternity's Gate"). Watkins uses the conceit of a first-person camera documentary crew on the scene photographing and interviewing characters from previous centuries (before cinema had been invented), and Schnabel repeatedly uses hand-held & first-person camera that proves to be annoying and distracting from letting the viewer enter Van Gogh's 19th Century milieu.

For Vincent's immediate point-of-view we are subjected repetitively to camera mounted on (presumably) star Dafoe's chest aimed at his legs walking and the ground beneath, a technique Nic Roeg used memorably in the 1967 Hardy adaptation of "Far From the Madding Crowd". Completing a trifecta of self-defeating steals, many shots from Van Gogh's POV have the bottom half of the camera lens covered with vaseline to create a blurring effect, an artistic approach which was developed in the 1960s by the unsung masters of stylization (or over-stylization if one is not a fan of their work), the son/father team of Jean-Gabriel and Quinto Albicocco, famed for their classic adaptation of "Le Grand Meaulnes".

Another disastrous technique has several dialogue exchanges repeated on the soundtrack in mind-numbing fashion, as if our heavy-handed director was trying to underline their importance. Main themes covered in the movie revolve around Van Gogh and Gauguin's differing ideas about what drives the creative artist and how he should approach his art, but even though actors do a good job at their craft (acting), both Dafoe and Oscar Isaac, the dialog is blunt and unsubtle, like the rest of the movie.

Worse yet, Schnabel refuses to let the viewer do any independent viewing, forcing one to look at what the director wants, especially in the ill-advised shaky hand-held sections. In a film about art one should be permitted to rove arouund looking at what's in the frame independent of such artificial spoon-feeding, and even when a painting or the creation of one (by Schnabel or Dafoe's hand) is shown we are denied the chance to linger and absorb the content.

So we are left with a remote, unmoving portrait of the artist as a troubled individual, gleaning next to nothing about him or his art. Post-movie emphasis (in the end credits) on a notebook of drawings not discovered till 2016 is strictly a gimmicky anti-climax, worthy of a horror movie director rather than an artist turned director.


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