Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent

Dorota Kobiela (2016)

90min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Seven years in the making and composed of some 65,000 frames produced by 120-odd artists, Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman's portrait of Vincent Van Gogh is billed as "the world's first fully painted feature film". As labours of love go, it's peerless and the way the co-directors slip some 130 Van Gogh canvases into the action often feels inspired. But, as biography, this audacious project is somewhat unreliable, as frequent sitter Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth) explores the theory that Van Gogh's death was murder not suicide. The shifts between ravishing everyday colour and the monochrome Citizen Kane-like flashbacks are neatly handled, as Roulin questions the painter's acquaintances in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise. But purists will be troubled by the pseudo-rotoscopic technique that seems so completely at odds with Van Gogh's distinctive brand of Post-Impressionism and even those prepared to grant the film-makers a degree of artistic licence will find the novel charm of the oil-painted pastiches beginning to pall, as the psychological rawness of Van Gogh's disconcerting style assaults the senses.

Cast & Crew

Armand Roulin Douglas Booth
Margaret Gachet Saoirse Ronan
Adeline Ravoux Eleanor Tomlinson
Dr Gachet Jerome Flynn
Postman Roulin Chris O'Dowd
The boatman Aidan Turner
Louise Chevalier Helen McCrory
Pere Tanguy John Sessions
Vincent Van Gogh Robert Gulaczyk
Ravoux regular Richard Banks
Landlord Shaun Newnham
Director Dorota Kobiela
Director Hugh Welchman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: AltitudeAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Oct 2017