VAN GOGH REVIEWED
“Van Gogh” is a stunning look at the last three months in the artist’s life. I’ve heard of the film before, but I’ve never had the fortune to see it. While I’m not a huge Pialat fan, he gets that domestic drama angle really well. Jacques Dutronc is a new French actor for me to experience. While the Francophiles will be annoyed, they need to realize that my focus on French cinema tends to skew historic more than recent.
Still, between Kirk Douglas and others…nobody has quite made Van Gogh as sympathetic as Dutronc. Dutronc captures the man and we get that he could be loved. The manic speed behind his efforts and the need to impress his lady love is felt in every scene. There’s no sense of being a morbid artist, but more of a man just using his limited means. Humanity is a hard thing to capture on cinema, but it works incredibly well when done right. Kudos to Cohen on the continuance of this series. I can’t wait for Volume 4.
- Interview with actor Jacques Dutronc (21:35)
- Interview with actor Bernard Le Coq (31:57)
- Interview with cinematographer Emmanuel Machuel (24:28)
- Deleted Scenes (46:14)
- Original Trailer (1:50)
- Re-release Trailer (1:34)
- 1.66:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM 2.0
RELEASE DATE: 7/12/16
The Plot Thus Far
After leaving the asylum, Vincent Van Gogh settles in Auvers-sur-Oise, in the home of Doctor Gachet, an art lover and patron. Vincent keeps painting amidst the conflicts with his brother Theo and the torments of his failing mental health. He has an affair with Marguerite, his host’s daughter. However, she soon realizes that he doesn’t love her and that his heart beats only for his art.
Pialat’s examination of the last 60 days of Van Gogh’s life earned him a Palme d’Or nomination and stands as his finest masterpiece.
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