It's rare to find a good biopic and ever rarer to find a good biopic that chooses to chronicle a life in the most traditional way possible. Altman's film is as straightforward as they get, but it's still somehow an extremely moving portrait of the artist and his brother. I don't know! I feel like things! Leave me alone!
An underrated movie from director Robert Altman. VINCENT & THEO is frantic, tragic, and wonderfully written. Altman succeed to reconstruct the final years of world's famous painter - Vincent van Gogh. It also succeed to tell a story about the love/hate relationship between Vincent and his brother - Theo. VINCENT & THEO could play with my emotion. Sometimes I feel pity for both of them and sometimes I feel irritated..
Si le peintre Vincent Van Gogh semble fort intéresser les cinéastes, peu d'entre eux ont pu en faire un portrait digne d'intérêt. Le réalisateur Robert Altman échappe à la règle grâce à un scénario intelligent et une mise en scène inventive. Les rapports de force entre les personnages sont particulièrement bien traités, Tim Roth et Paul Rhys nous livrant des performances sensibles et nuancées... www.cinefiches.com
The risk with such a film is to fall in love with your cinematography, to care only for the right accessories, the right hat etc. Here are the characters alive, full of rage and imperfections. The madness expressed through colors, invading progressively VG's body is a great visual idea. Vincent & Theo act almost as twins, both prisoners of the same worriness. Would have liked to watch the 4h TV version though.
Roth & Rhys are both extraordinary, and editing, pacing, camerawork (the sunflowers!), mise en scene, all work to accentuate their barely-contained, almost feral, intensity. (Bold score mostly does this, too, despite occasionally getting a little Tim Burton...) It's this making-visceral of that volatile, crazed energy, its infusion into every aspect of the film, that elevates V&T well beyond Standard Artist Biopic.
138 min cut - An exhausting and maddening biopic with nary a thought for exposition, instead occupying a rather unique sense of dread. Like Leigh's 'Mr. Turner' reflects the picturesque calm of its subject's paintings, this instead inhabits the precarious mental imbalance of the brothers with a style closest to a horror movie. The amazing: Roth, the score, the sunflower scene. Destabilises notions of period films.
With a terrific performance by Roth & sure-handed direction by Altman, this biopic starts off rather brilliantly. Contrasting a million-dollar auction w/ an argument between the brother's concerning money & Vincent's art. And while this is one of the strongest moments of the firm, it's unfortunate how up & down the quality of it all is. It would be interesting to see the 4-hour BBC version...
The opening scene, where Altman contrasts footage of a modern-day auction w/ the Van Gogh brothers arguing over Vincent's painting, is almost too effective--casting the themes of art and commerce into immediate, stark relief, it leaves the remaining two hours and change feeling oddly redundant, despite the top-notch craftsmanship throughout the film.