Friday, January 28, 2011

Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) (2010)

Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) (2010)

Genre: Biography
Director: Joann Sfar
Starring: Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta
Duration: 130 min.
Rating: 6.9/10

A glimpse at the life of legendary French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62.


Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) the debut film from Joann Sfar, premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and is nominated for Best Picture at the 36th Cesar Awards.  A very entertaining and visually spectacular film with some surreal sequences.  Sfar started out as a graphic artist and it shows, the film is filled with beautiful shots and wonderful mise en scène.  Also, there is some great acting.  Eric Elmosnino nails the role of the chain smoking star Gainsbourg, supported with terrific performances by the heart-stopping beauty Laetitia Casta as Brigitte Bardot, and the tragic Lucy Gordon as Jane Birkin.


NeverTooEarlyMP said...

Gainsbourg just made the Academy's shortlist for best makeup, so of course I came to your site first to see if you'd reviewed it, and you had! 

NeverTooEarlyMP said...

Sorry for the second post, but I'm wondering what you thought of the makeup in this one. Is it your sense that it is for the graphic artist elements, or more the biopic elements of getting the actors to look like the real people that is grabbing the attention?

Adalmin said...

Aww, Charlotte Gainsbourg didn't get a cameo did she?

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I'm guessing its for the cartoon like mechanized makeup/prosthetics worn by Doug Jones, for representing Gainsbourg's subconcious.

Bonjour Tristesse said...


Doo said...

Doesn't really impress me, dunno :/

Suciô Sanchez said...

The title doesn't translate well.

Isaacclarke said...

hmm this one is not my thing at all

Virginie Lavallée B said...

I ADORE this movie, as a first feature for Sfar I was very impressed when I first saw it (I have watched it many times since!). As you said it is visually stunning and completely creative, very artistic and yet tells the story so well of such a mythical character. Maybe you have to be a Gainsbourg fan in the first place to really enjoy this one?

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