Run time: 93 mins
An ode to 19th century icon Vincent van Gogh in his own colours.
Set a year after his apparent suicide, Armand (Douglas Booth) a postmaster’s son, sets off to deliver a last letter to his brother Theo, only to find Theo has also passed away. Armand takes it upon himself to investigate the mystery surrounding Vincent’s death. Was he murdered? He starts interviewing those who knew him as well as anybody might: his paint supplier (John Sessions), his doctor (Jerome Flynn) the doctor’s daughter (Saoirse Ronan) and a boatman (Aidan Turner). All provide conflicting accounts, creating a fractured portrait that never resolves into a clear picture.
Painstakingly made over seven years, directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman recreated the paintings of Van Gogh with actors, then employed 125 artists to paint over 62,450 frames in the artist’s style.
‘The world’s first fully painted film’, every frame is a pastiche of a van Gough canvas. Landscapes pulse and throb, swirl and scintillate. Sometimes Vincent’s iconic images are coyly referenced, though happily the film stops short of the sunflowers.
“One of the most beautiful films of 2017” (Empire) (research Emma Filippedes). One of the most stunning big screen films of any year. Cancel the paint. Come.