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Plot: During a self-imposed exile in Arles and Auvers-Sur-Oise, France, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh develops his unique, colorful style of painting. While grappling with religion, mental illness and a tumultuous friendship with French artist Paul Gauguin, van Gogh begins to focus on his relationship… Runtime: 111 min Release Date: 15 Nov 2018
Don't think of At Eternity's Gate as a movie movie (by markgluckstern)
Rather think of it as a painted film, with one artist Schnabel trying to convey what it is to be another Van Gogh . At Eternity's Gate is an immersion into the world of Van Gogh. Art conveys something about the world and the human condition words can never express. After watching the movie I came to realize other ways of trying to understand Van Gogh and his art fall short of this immersion. If you were to take an audio tour of a Van Gogh exhibit you would not finish the tour with the same feeling or understanding as you might get from watching the movie. Everything about the movie is <more>
spare, whittled down to an essential nub. The dialogue doesn't matter. What does matter are the long, silent scenes of Van Gogh in Nature and at home, and the times where he speaks directly to the audience, informing it of what it is to be Van Gogh. The occasionally jumpy camera shots and the overlapping dialogue may not have been completely necessary and obviously a major turn-off for various other viewers , but they do help to establish what it may have been like to be Van Gogh. Madness? Sure, if that label works for you. Clearly, Van Gogh was different. Mad or not, he had his difficulties fitting in to society, any society. The last 20 minutes or so are the most painterly. After absorbing an hour of background material, all the film and Van Gogh have told you allows you to understand his world. When he talks about light, the screen is flooded with light, but even when the screen turns to gloom, you see the world as Van Gogh did. The walls are painted as they were in the background of a Van Gogh painting. And you the viewer? You sit back and drink it all in.
See the World Through Van Gogh's Eyes (by linen-72394)
If this movie is playing in your area, don't miss it. Beautiful, poignant, historically accurate, its dialogue is lifted directly from Van Gogh's correspondence with his contemporaries. Vincent, Theo, and Gauguin come alive as do the people in his portraiture. Willem Dafoe's performance as Vincent is jaw dropping. Dafoe's gaunt presentation as Van Gogh's self portrait after slicing off his ear, fur cap on his head, against that saffron yellow wall, radiates an intensity and humanity so often missing biopics of artists. Think you know yellow? Think again. Once you've <more>
seen this film, you'll think of Van Gogh with a tenderness usually reserved for your child. See it now if you can.
Director and fellow artist Julian Schnabel reviews artist Vincent Van Gogh (by graupepillard)
Julian Schnabel's new film AT ETERNITY'S GATE is indelibly moving from the moment we hear murmuring voices in the first darkened frame - portending the interior struggle, and psychic agitation of the painter, Vincent Van Gogh, a haunted artist who tames the turbulence of his mind by the act of painting, assuaging "nature" into patterned marks of tactile, luminous beauty merging his whole being physically and piously with the subject. Since Schnabel is an artist himself, this "portrait" of Van Gogh is different from previous depictions, particularly in the singular <more>
way the film is shot, and the understanding of his character. We "see" Vincent as a man who is sanely insane; a man who has the clarity to organize and penetrate the world around him, and a man who is suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness - one which he achingly endures. The movie instills in the viewer a profound empathy and recognition of his persistence in creating exquisite paintings despite a life of bleakness and despair; making art was digesting and breathing in life.Willem Dafoe's performance as Vincent Van Gogh is heart-wrenchingly melancholy as we literally step into his shoes - the camera often attached to him as he rushes wildly through the reeds, blinded by the mistral winds howling, the dry, dying sunflowers with bent heads streak and fly around in front of our eyes as we sense the brutality of the elements and the dank coldness of desolation. Often the camera lens is foggy as if the artist's tears obscure and humanize his vision.We first meet Vincent in Paris as he dreams of a community of artists that live and work together, a yearning that is totally unrealistic given his idiosyncratic temperament. Except for the deeply felt relationship with his devoted patron/businessman brother Theo, only Paul Gauguin is responsive to his artwork which seems "ugly" and "unrealistic" to other onlookers. Gauguin played by Oscar Isaac, regrettably did not seem well cast - lacking the charisma and heft of a Gauguin recommends that he leave Paris and go south to Arles. He listens to his advice and is flung into the most passionate period of his short artistic life.Schnabel conveys Vincent's love of southern France as the camera pauses, lingers and then meanders through the countryside - the blinding light is contrasted with the "yellow" room that Van Gogh rents, monastically furnished with finished wet paintings, hung on the wall. Like an animal that has found his natural habitat, Vincent spends most days outdoors and we observe him sensuously outstretched flat on his back, intoxicatedly dribbling moist soil over his face and body - an animate internment. Being productive and frenetically heady as the sun beat down on him, Van Gogh's periods of lapses of memory, and whatever incidents occurred during those spells become more prevalent. After several episodes which are never depicted or explained - a mystery to Vincent and to us - he is sent to Saint-Rémy de Provence an asylum for the mentally ill where he spends one year feverishly painting.Throughout AT ETERNITY'S GATE, I delightedly watched Dafoe's slender long fingers, his skull-like face encasing dark, vivid eyes working - the brush touching the canvas with a "lightness of being." Julian Schnabel has unearthed some new information as to how Vincent Van Gogh died so the end is perhaps a revelation, perhaps fiction, but I sensed the truth of it - in light of Van Gogh's steamy affair with art. Whatever demons he desperately fought, Van Gogh was able to paint the surrounding world with a directness and lucidity of a man in control of his destiny. I left the theater thinking this was no romanticized/mythologized bio-pic but a person that I, as a fellow artist could relate to - could understand and could dare I say love.
Uncomfortable to watch but that's what made it great like the artist himself (by thomas1298)
This film tackles the story of an artist creating masterpieces for later generations but not for his own. All the techniques that bothered other reviewers--the handheld camera, loud piano soundtrack, looped dialog--all emphasized a life of loneliness and ridicule that made the audience experience those emotions.Clearly the story lacked a typical plot, not so much because it wasn't there as much as that Van Gogh's story is so well known and portrayed. I sensed that my companions may have been wishing they had chosen a different movie but for me this film further added to the tapestry <more>
of Van Gogh's unique story. Plus the film addresses the two biggest points of contention about him ... his ear and his death ... and suggests that Van Gogh's character traits have turned those into unsolvable mysteries.
The last years of Vincent van Gogh with his extreme sensitivity and mental instability. It's perfectly filmed with a colorful and adequate staging. And Willem Dafoe plays brilliantly!
At Eternity's Gate 2019 (by taranpannu01)
Whilst Julian Schnabel's film won't have a major audience who appreciate the majesty and glory of the film, he has a found a lover in me.This film was beautifully shot, scored and performed. Willem Dafoe was simply magnetic as the misunderstood, brilliant and ultimately tragic Vincent. His performance forced you to look inside the man himself and understand him when others couldn't.A strong supporting cast of Oscar Isaac in a role and genre I'd love to see him more in. Mads Mikkelsen gives a strong nuanced performance whilst Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric and Rupert <more>
Friend gave dedicated performances even with the lack of screentime.The cinematography is just wonderful but will definitely not be for all, this is certainly an acquired taste but luckily my palette was craving for a taste of this kind of cinema.The score was suitably composed and the editing was brave. That's what this film was, brave. Schnabel's superb direction knew his picture wasn't going to be for everyone but he didn't hold back with strong directorial decisions, making sure he represented Van Gogh in a terrific and tragic way.The unconventional and appropriately controversial choices all worked in my favour, the pretentiousness was applauded in my eyes, the artistry commended which gave this film a visceral, haunting and beautiful artistic touch to a already great story.This is not a film for everybody, but in my eyes its a superbly directed, sharply performed and brilliantly if not a little mad constructed piece of cinema.
Don't know why its underrated ........ (by diponsarker)
Loved the raw hand held camera work . The director shows the scene in such a that u can really enter into vincent's mind and can see his vision . Obviously the acting of Willem Dafoe was tremendous and he took the character to another level .
Not a Hollywood film, but an excellent film (by ebbyamir)
This film doesn't follow the Hollywood structure. It's not a biography like you might expect, and the plot isn't defined. Instead, this is an attempt to get inside Van Gogh's head, and a brilliant one at that. Imagine being the world's greatest artist, with zero validation and constant ridicule by the establishment around you. That's the torturous state of being this film encapsulates and does it with purpose. At times, the cinema language gets more experimental than necessarily to accomplish its goal, but I commend the director for pushing the boundaries of standard <more>
filmmaking and letting us inhabit Van Gogh's mind for this brief period. I genuinely felt a loss for this escape from my own mind when Van Gogh passed. I recommend anyone involved with artistic or creative thinking to watch this film.
As mentioned by Willem Dafoe during his interview at the Academy Awards ceremony, the intention of this film was never to be a crowd-pleaser, standard biopic. This aim of 'At Eternity's Gate' was to tell a story from a whole different perspective. The technique and point of view is supposed to make you see and feel just like Van Gogh did during his last days. If you really immerse yourself into the film, you'd realise it almost feels like a virtual reality experience. Maybe this film should have been made in a VR format.I admit that 'Loving Vincent' is a far superior <more>
film about the artist. Nevertheless, I appreciated the unique style of this film as I was able to see the world through Van Gogh's eyes. The camera movements, open shots, vexatious music and cinematography really put me in a trance. Dafoe's characterisation is definitely Oscar-worthy. However, this is not a film for the faint-hearted. This film is melancholic, experimental and even psychedelic at times. So please avoid it if you enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody and the like.Score: 8/10FJ Medina