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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
2,388 Ratings


A biography of one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg, following him from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his beginnings as small time jazz musician and, finally, pop superstar.

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This innovative biopic-come-musical of the life of enfant terrible Serge Gainsbourg simply shimmers with creativity. Directed by French comic book artist Joann Sfar, and starring Laetitia Casta and Claude Chabrol (!), the film alternates joyfully between live-action and poetic, surreal animation.