Loving Vincent


Petherton Picture Show

2017 - Poland | UK | USA

Certificate 12 - Animation, Biography, Crime

Featuring: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk, Holly Earl, Chris O'Dowd, Aidan Turner, Saoirse Ronan.

Directed by: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman

Running Time: 1h 34min

On 27th July 1890 a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers. The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly.

This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot.

Loving Vincent tells that story. In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

"Every one of the nearly 65,000 frames in this near-lunatic labor of love was rendered by hand with oil paints, following a style intended to mimic that of the master....."Loving Vincent" may exist as a showcase for its technique, but it's the sensitivity the film shows toward its subject that ultimately distinguishes this particular oeuvre from the countless bad copies that already litter the world's flea markets. To the extent that van Gogh's style permitted him to capture a deeper sense of truth, he makes a noble model for the filmmakers to follow." - Variety