At Eternity's Gate

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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.

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Academy Award (R) Nominee Julian Schnabel's At Eternity's Gate is a journey inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world's most beloved and stunning works of art. This is not a forensic biography, but rather scenes based on Vincent van Gogh's (Academy Award (R) Nominee Willem Dafoe) letters, common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay, and moments that are just plain invented.

Cast

Willem Dafoe
as Vincent Van Gogh
Mads Mikkelsen
as The Priest
Emmanuelle Seigner
as Madame Ginoux
Amira Casar
as Johanna Van Gogh
Oscar Isaac
as Paul Gauguin
Rupert Friend
as Theo Van Gogh
Mathieu Amalric
as Dr. Paul Gachet
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Critic Reviews for At Eternity's Gate

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (140) | Rotten (35)

  • At Eternity's Gate is about a man who enjoys being engulfed by emotion. The movie that frames his rapture, though full of beautiful moments, is near wild heaven, but not near enough.

    April 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Reflecting the fundamental upset in Van Gogh, it articulates better than any "traditional" biopic before the sense of an artist struggling with the limits of the visual, and reaching farther, for something beyond.

    March 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Clumsy and tiresome, playing into outdated ideas about mental health.

    March 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Dafoe fully commits to his performance, as does Schnabel to the painter's vision and humanity.

    November 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • At Eternity's Gate mainly succeeds, dusting off a century's worth of global celebrity to both animate a suffering soul and rescue a radical artistic mission from the museum gift shop.

    November 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's a story both ecstatic and tragic, and Schnabel is more interested in the former than the latter.

    November 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for At Eternity's Gate

  • 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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