At Eternity's Gate

2018, Drama/Biography, 1h 50m

189 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Led by mesmerizing work from Willem Dafoe in the central role, At Eternity's Gate intriguingly imagines Vincent Van Gogh's troubled final days. Read critic reviews

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Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him.

Cast & Crew

Willem Dafoe
Vincent van Gogh
Rupert Friend
Theo van Gogh
Oscar Isaac
Paul Gauguin
Mathieu Amalric
Doctor Paul Gachet
Amira Casar
Johanna van Gogh
Vladimir Consigny
Doctor Felix Ray
Vincent Perez
The Director
Alexis Michalik
Artists Tambourin
Lolita Chammah
Girl on the Road
Didier Jarre
Asylum Guard
Julian Schnabel
Screenwriter
Jon Kilik
Producer
Nik Bower
Executive Producer
Nicolas Lhermitte
Executive Producer
Deepak Nayar
Executive Producer
Marc Schmidheiny
Executive Producer
Thorsten Schumacher
Executive Producer
Karl Spoerri
Executive Producer
Benoît Delhomme
Cinematographer
Tatiana Lisovskaia
Original Music
Stéphane Cressend
Production Design
Karen Muller Serreau
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  • Mar 31, 2019
    I expected this to be a fairly straightforward docudrama on the life of van Gogh, but to my surprise it was a far more artistic and ethereal experience. For better and for worse. For the most part, this really works, and I really liked this approach to getting inside the mind of the troubled artist. Van Gogh in the film often talks about how he thinks the world is broken and he might be the only one who sees it right, so we see a very specific vision of the world from him and it creates a unique vision in the film that gives a unique style. However, there's times where this style goes a bit too far and gets a bit pretentious. Extended periods of weird audio loops of dialogue, or excessive shaky cam during quieter moments. I got what the intended effect was, but it was overkill and obnoxious. In general though, the vision works, and gives something more unique than a standard docudrama. I liked this unique look at a troubled artist. I also really liked seeing him have conversations with his peers about other artists and about his place in the art world as a new voice that seemed to mirror what modern artists of different forms say, but in a way that felt genuine and not hoky. It's a moody and unique film with a distinct vision. Not to mention Willem Dafoe gives it his all, when he puts on the overalls and the hat and walks through a field of flowers, he IS van Gogh. Sometimes the film is a bit much, but at least it's something. I liked it, more than I expected actually.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2019
    Even as they do reflect the character's fragmented mind, the film's visual and stylistic excesses begin to feel like mere affectation after a while, but at least Willem Dafoe delivers a committed performance as a tormented artist who longs to understand his purpose in the world.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2019
    I get what At Eternity's Gate was going for, visually. But that thing was not a thing i enjoyed. The framing made me rather uncomfortable, which, again, kind of the point, but not for me. Massive props to Dafoe of course, his Oscar nomination for best actor is not uncalled for, and special extra props to Mads Mikkelsen, the sequence between the two of them was far and away my absolute favourite part of At Eternity's Gate. But so much of the rest of the thing is just nature shots accompanied by violently jarring piano, and I cannot call myself a fan.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2019
    There aren't any new revelations about Van Gogh here, but Schnabel's attempts to take us inside the man's mind do yield some beautiful sequences. And despite being way too old for the part, Dafoe is great.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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