Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti

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Gaugin: Voyage to Tahiti is beautifully filmed biopic that benefits from a well-chosen lead, but neither are enough to counter the story's surface treatment and narrative drift.

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1891. Gauguin has exiled himself to Tahiti. He wants to rediscover his painting, as a free, wild man, far from the moral, political, and aesthetic codes of civilized Europe. He goes ever deeping into the jungle, coping with solitude, poverty, and sickness. Here he'll encounter Tehura, who will become his wife, and the subject of his greatest paintings.

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (19)

  • The film is too brief to be revelatory and is not the virtual museum experience it appears to aspire to, but does serve as a strong introduction to the artist for the uninitiated and offers a deeper dive into Gauguin's portraiture.

    January 20, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Deluc and his three cowriters acknowledge the postcolonial thorniness of the situation, yet they fail to explore it.

    September 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This is a movie about Gauguin that, in the end, is less about his artistry than his ravenous sensibility, his desire to break through to a new way of seeing.

    July 13, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The film has beautiful cinematography and occasional peaks of high drama, but lacks the kind of significant tempo necessary to sustain enough interest for nearly two hours to keep a viewer focused.

    July 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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  • Cassel's Gauguin [is] both menacing and pitiable enough to make Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti riveting on a moment-to-moment basis.

    July 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The film is beautiful in spots, and features a believably tormented performance by Vincent Cassel as Gauguin, but unfortunately it has only a hazy idea of what it wants to be about.

    July 11, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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