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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
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Also his other talent which is drawing comic book cartoons which appeared also in this movie as another charactor following Gainsbourg and keep making him annoyed which was really fun to watch.
Sometimes the cartoon images are appeared as part of the shots which was also a great delight to look.
But above all the acting of the Eric Elmosnio as the Serge Gainsbourg himself was the biggest joy for me. It's not that he is beautiful or handsome or anything but somethinng from somewhere grabbed me really tight. He was acting as if he doesn't care at all. He doesn't care whether he is cool or the audience will like him or the film means anything to him or even the world will be collapesed tomorrow. What ever. That was his attitude.
And that was cool.
Also all the other actresses are so beautiful and talented. And knowing the fact that they are all well known- kind of- was a bit surprised.
Lucy Gordon acted for Jane Birkin, Laetitia Casta for Brigitte Bardot, Anna Mouglalis for Juliette Gréco, Sara Forestier France Gall. They all were Serge's lover and most of them were very famous actors or singers.
The thing is Eric is not a promiscuous Casanova type of a guy but he happens to have a lot of different lovers during his career. And he loved them all so dearly.
As talking about his life, he was born as a Jew and becomes a Jazz singer to an iconic pop star. He suffered from alcohlic and smoked cigarrette too much but I don't think he was miserable.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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've said it before and I'll happily say it again: The best movie I have ever watchedPublished 13 months ago by Stefan Krause
A heartbreakingly wonderful fim. - beautifully crafted. I have as much admiration for Sfar as I do for Gainsbourg.Published 18 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 on March 18, 2014 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
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