Loving Vincent (2017)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  

//USA, 2017.  , , , , , , .  Screenplay by , , .  Cinematography by , .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by , , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Dorota Kobiela, .  

A remarkable achievement, the first fully painted feature film using around 65,000 oil paintings done in the style of Vincent Van Gogh to tell a story through his mind’s eye, which alone would be quite the feat but for outstanding direction and writing as well. plays the son of a local postman () who is in possession of Van Gogh’s last letter, one which he wrote to his brother Theo but, as Theo has also passed away, cannot be delivered.  The father instructs the son to go to Auvers-sur-Oise where Vincent lived his last days, and look up the doctor with whom he was good friends, and find out more information about where to forward the great artist’s final correspondence.  Upon arrival, the young man is beset on all sides by characters with information about Vincent and his death, inspiring him to look into a possible mystery: did he kill himself as has been easily believed, or was something more sinister afoot?  The doctor’s housekeeper () has a harsh take on the situation, while his daughter (), who was possibly the painter’s lover, won’t divulge any information, insisting that everything that Booth is learning from the gossipy barmaid () at the hotel where he is staying is nonsense.  Art is, of course, a matter of interpretation, as is talent and, as this rapidly maturing protagonist comes to realize, so is any human being’s life; what Booth learns is something far more emotional and substantial than simply clues to solve an easy to understand truth.  Combining such mystical investigation with the beauty of the impressively achieved images (which includes the actors appearing as themselves) makes for one of the most unforgettable movie experiences you will ever have.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Animated Feature

European Film Award:  Best European Animated Feature

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Animated Feature


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