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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

2012

NR
4.8 out of 5 stars (16) IMDb 6.9/10

A completely original take on one of France's greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg. Sfar follows him from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his beginnings as small time jazz musician and finally pop superstar. Employing a witty surrealistic style GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE is a quintessential time capsule to '60's Paris.

Starring:
Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon
Runtime:
2 hours, 1 minute

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By DrDave on December 21, 2012
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Story delightfully told- and every couple of minutes there was an eye opener- this guy did SO much! How did I never hear of him before? (aside from the fact that French music never gets across the Atlantic, unless it's Edith Piaf)
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While there are some "fantastical" elements to the movie, the movie itself is wonderful.It doesn't add much new to the story of what we know(about his chain smoking, drinking, etc), but it does a great job of bringing Serge to life, and showing us a bit more about his childhood. Eric does great job of playing Serge and even though I don't much care for Jane Birkin, the actress that played her was a good fit as were the others.
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This is a MUST see film. One of the best biopics I have ever seen. You will want to purchase it for all your friends and family members that love music.
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It's about a young boy when he was dreaming to be come a writer, artist, a lady's man,and a singer. most of all he be came a family man at the end.
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brilliant, fresh, superbly creative. Transcends the biopic on all levels, yet leaves you with a sense of having encountered Gainsbourg intimately.
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A great movie on Serge Gainsbourg. The actor that plays Serge really looks like him, and it's easy to forget that you are watching a movie on his life and that he passed away back in the 90s.
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The most tactful surrealism and subtly erotic film ever. A paramount experience of French Cinema at it's finest.

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Moving along at a brisk pace, tied together with a thread of strange. With such great material in Serge, it works well. Recommended!
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