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4.0
840 Ratings

Van Gogh

Directed by Maurice Pialat
France, 1991
Biography, Drama

Synopsis

A look at the last 60 days of Van Gogh’s life. After leaving the asylum, he settles in the home of Doctor Gachet, an art lover and patron. Vincent keeps painting amidst the conflicts with his brother Theo, the torments of his failing mental health, and an affair with Marguerite, his host’s daughter.

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Van Gogh Directed by Maurice Pialat

Awards & Festivals

César Awards

1992 | Winner: Best Actor

1992 | 11 nominations including: Best Film

The film itself shares nothing of the painter’s aesthetic abundance, as it’s defined by Pialat’s usual austerity, eschewing a non-diegetic soundtrack and limiting camera movement to slight, though significant, reframings. But the film does breathe with exceptional fluidity from shot to shot, with provincial summertime France in 1890 comprehensively recreated if only to contribute lively background texture.
July 16, 2016
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The film still pulses with emotion as all of Pialat’s movies do; it’s just in a quieter register than something like WE WON’T GROW OLD TOGETHER or A NOS AMOURS.
February 12, 2016
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Another table scene, with diners humming the French folk song “Le temps des cerises”; one of the characters describing her dead child; the piano teacher singing Lakmë in the bar—all these moments combine to create the expressive canvas of Pialat’s film, a breathing work of art.
October 16, 2015
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