Julian Schnabel’s ravishingly tactile and luminous new film takes a fresh look at the last days of Vincent van Gogh, and in the process revivifies our sense of the artist as a living, feeling human being. Schnabel, his co-writers Jean-Claude Carrière and Louise Kugelberg (also the film’s editor), and cinematographer Benoît Delhomme strip everything down to essentials—fusing the sensual, the emotional, and the spiritual. And the pulsing heart of AT ETERNITY’S GATE is Willem Dafoe’s shattering performance: his Vincent is at once lucid, mad, brilliant, helpless, defeated, and finally, triumphant. With Oscar Isaac as Gauguin, Rupert Friend as Theo, Mathieu Amalric as Dr. Gachet, Emmanuelle Seigner as Madame Ginoux, and Mads Mikkelsen as The Priest.
“...Channels the light, the evanescent glow of Van Gogh’s painting and being, like lightning in a bottle… it’s a flowingly intuitive and celebratory biopic—a bursting sunflower of a movie.” —Owen Gleiberman, Variety “...An unconventional biopic that, at its best, is a masterwork worthy of Van Gogh… [Julian] Schnabel fuses form and content in a way that’s rarely attempted and even more rarely achieved; in risking the same derision with which Van Gogh was sometimes met, he transcends the limitations of the conventional biopic and creates something that feels genuinely new.” —Michael Nordine, IndieWire “Any film could give you the gist of Van Gogh’s life story, but perhaps only this one can make you feel what it would be like to stand in a field with this brilliant mind, and watch him make magic out of scenery.” —William Bibbiani, The Wrap
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