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"Eric Elmosnino is brilliantly right." --Film Journal
"Made with such dreamlike style, comic assurance and gitane-saturated sexiness that you may leave the theater wanting to drink and smoke yourself into oblivion, raise hell and indulge in epic sex for days on end." --Playboy
- "Joann Sfar (Drawings)" - a documentary by Mathieu Amalric
- Original storyboards and character sketches by Joann Sfar
- "The Making of Gainsbourg"
- Theatrical trailer
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Gainsbourg grew up during the Nazi occupation of Paris, and that is where this film bio begins. Lucien Ginsburg is a most precocious young student at Art School, who also has a talent for music. His father makes his living as a bar room pianist. Lucien, played by Kacey Mottet Klein, has a very active imagination, and his imaginary friend takes on a life of his own, depicted as an egg like head that grows and grows until it explodes, leaving a tall ladies man who doesn't let his long nose or strange looks get in the way of his conquests. Sfar uses his own artistic talent to depict Gainsbourg's alter ego as a Sesame Street Muppet-like puppet--he looks a lot like Count von Count, the vampire who was obsessed with counting. This seems like an odd mix for a film about a decadent French Rock Star that is not for children, but it works because it really gives an insight into the interior world of Serge. It is his alter ego who gives the shy young man confidence and career advice, such as to go all out in playing guitar like the two fingered gypsy Django Reinhardt, and to ditch his art in favor of pop music.
Eric Elmosnino plays Gainsbourg as a young man onwards, and he was a real find for director Sfar.Read more ›
The acting is nothing short of amazing thoughout the movie. Éric Elmosnino as Serge Gainsbourg looks like a reincarnated Gainsbourg, and in fact he did all the singing in this movie himself (he rightfully won an French Oscar-equivalent for Best Actor for this role). But also worth mentioning are Lucy Gordon as Jane Birkin, and Lætitia Casta as Brigitte Bardot (sadly, Lucy Gordon committed suicide shortly after fliming of this movie wrapped).
I am a life-long fan of Serge Gainsbourg, having grown up in Belgium. Having see this movie last summer, it ignited a Gainsbourg "re-appreciation" period for me, as I relistened to several of his albums, and I even got to see Jane Birkin live in concert for the first time ever in December of last year. All that aside, if you are a fan of Gainsbourg, you cannot go wrong with this movie. But even if you're not super into Gainsbourg, I will venture that you can enjoy this movie for what it is: a celebration of a unique talent in France's performing history. "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Now brilliantly played by Eric Elmosnino, Serge has a compelling charm that manages to seduce the most unlikely women. With some historical accuracy, Gainsbourg has numerous affairs including one with rising starlet Brigitte Bardot (a spot on Laetitia Casta). He suffers through a couple marriages before eventually marrying British model and actress Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon). That union produced French singer and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.
The film features a couple characters created in Serge's mind including an alter ego known as La Gueule (Doug Jones), a giant, exaggerated version of himself with huge ears and proboscis. Gainsbourg is clearly an interesting character and a train-wreck in the making. He gets caught up in his fame and fondness for the ladies, all fueled by excessive alcohol. The film features non-stop smoking by just about everybody in the movie including a gaggle of pre-teen boys and girls. Be forewarned if this is a problem. Director Joann Sfar adapted the screenplay from his graphic novel and he is clearly a big fan. The film is sometimes erotic, sometimes irreverent but always interesting. Like other filmmakers, Sfar has a hard time stopping as the movie clocks in at 2 hrs. 16 minutes. Recommended.
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I've said it before and I'll happily say it again: The best movie I have ever watchedPublished 7 months ago by Stefan Krause
A heartbreakingly wonderful fim. - beautifully crafted. I have as much admiration for Sfar as I do for Gainsbourg.Published 12 months ago by Marta Kouzouyan
Could have been interesting but the English subtitles were few and far between. Not sure if we received a faulty copy of the DVD or if it's just poorly subtitled for an English... Read morePublished 23 months ago by lindyloo
I came to view this film via the somewhat oblique route of tracking down movies featuring the lovely Euro uber Model/Actress: Laetitia Casta. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Ramm
I watched this move 3 times in the theatre. had to have it. a magic form of bio pic. transports you!Published on November 23, 2013 by St.michelle
he was unbrakably and commendably individual when it came to pop music trends and female sexuality. why couldn't he have pleased us, by making overtures to sandie shaw? Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by David Oates
I was not able to find this DVD for a long time in stores, even at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, which I thought carried everything! I love this movie!Published on April 22, 2013 by Julienne
when the package arrived, the dvd was securely protected by a huge box. the dvd is brand new and it's perfect.Published on March 29, 2013 by Yeung Wing Yiu
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