Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent

(2016)

Hand-painted animated drama about the life and mysterious death of Vincent Van Gogh. The film uses a new oil painting for each shot, with movement added from one frame to the next by a painter’s brush. Around 100 artists have been involved in the film, and in the process have composed more than 56,000 paintings.

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Critics can no longer describe a film as “a painting come to life!” This musing on Vincent van Gogh owns that metaphor now, and unless we see another feature made from tens of thousands of actual paintings, it’s going to stay that way. Opening with a shot of the crescent from Starry Starry Night, the moonlight proceeds to move and rotate in the way that painting suggests. Imitating van Gogh’s style isn’t something to marvel at, but to see it interpreted in animation is. This film is a visual astonishment and it would’ve been a damn shame if filmmakers Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman fudged the opportunity.... More

Centred on a young man investigating the tragic artist’s passing, the story is less of a ‘whodunnit’ and more of a ‘whydoit’ with characters from real-life portraits providing altered perspectives on the event and the man. No one else is particularly interesting and the stripped-down storytelling will throw many people off. As Blade Runner 2049 proved, one person’s ‘restrained’ is another person’s ‘boring’.

Though the procedural detective tale is VERY procedural, it does provide a thorough insight to the way mental illness was (and often still is) perceived. From a bar maid praising his tender demeanour to a Catholic bigot dispelling him as pure evil, the spectrum of (in)tolerance and (mis)understanding is adequately covered.

I realise ‘adequate’ and ‘straightforward’ aren’t words you would slap on a poster, but to focus so squarely on the plot is to ignore something greater. There’s a stirring reason why the world is rendered in van Gogh’s vision and why the flashbacks contrast it with black-n-white photorealism. It’s an approach that transforms something seemingly basic into a burningly sincere reflection of the artist’s undying passion – to walk away thinking it’s just a gimmick would be a woeful mistake.Hide


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  • People interested in what cinema can do should go and see it. Full Review

  • Part mystery, part visual experiment, 'Loving Vincent' is a reverent ode to the 19th century painter Vincent van Gogh. Full Review

  • Here is an oddity: intriguing and yet weirdly exasperating, like a sentimental tribute, or a one-joke epic, or a monomaniacal act of stylistic pedantry. Full Review

  • Despite dialogue and accent issues, this is a breathtaking homage to van Gogh. There has never been a film like it. Full Review

  • A triumph of painstaking technical prowess and stunning visuals over storytelling and dialogue. See it for its nuanced take on a huge cultural figure and to applaud its astounding audacity. Full Review

  • Animating Van Gogh's bold impasto, already kinetic on the canvas, could have been merely superfluous. As moving pictures, though, the brushstrokes have an unexpected pull in this uneven but deeply felt homage. Full Review

  • As the story limps and drags, the viewer also becomes accustomed to the images, and astonishment at the film's innovative, painstaking technique begins to fade. But its charm never quite wears off, for reasons summed up in the title. Full Review

  • Brings a poetic sense of tragedy to the last act of van Gogh's life, and fresh insight into the kind of man he was. Full Review