The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins

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The "star" in the title of Pietra Brettkelly's The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins refers to controversial conceptual artist Vanessa Beecroft, who gained much publicity from staging tableaux of nude female models in aesthetically rough locations; the "twins" of the title are two babies from Sudan, whom Beecroft desperately wants to adopt. Cameras rolling, Brettkelly follows Beecroft over a difficult 16-month period that witnesses her fighting to convince both the family of the two babies, the orphanage that holds the children, and the Sudanese government, to open the doors for her to legally adopt these children. If Beecroft succeeds, it will make her the first individual in history to legally take children out of this impoverished and beleaguered country. Throughout the film, Brettkelly witnesses Beecroft at her most candid moments; in addition to offering glimpses of the adoption struggle, the film incorporates revealing glimpses of Beecroft's creative processes, conversations with her parents, who expostulate at length on her difficult childhood, and revealing talks with the artist herself. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

  • Art Star is a provocative undertaking with a fascinating cast of characters, but it leaves us seeking answers that the filmmaker refuses to provide.

    Aug 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Not a straightforward artist's profile, political commentary or domestic drama, but a poetic fusion of the three.

    Apr 4, 2011 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

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  • There's something about Beecroft, with her softly whispering voice and her pre-Raphaelite air, that keeps bringing us back and drawing us in.

    Mar 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] dizzying and dazzling meditation on art, inequality and responsibility.

    Aug 18, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Not long into this documentary, you begin to think in double punctuation marks, namely ?!

    Apr 4, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • By the time the circus ends, there is a kind of resolution, a sense of enlightenment after the madness -- and a message that throws the celebrity-adoption frenzy into a complicated new light.

    Apr 4, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins

  • May 05, 2009
    A story about a flaky world renowed artist who decides that she should adopt Sudanese twins without the consent of her husband and without a sane though in her head. Absolute crap. Should be listed as a comedy.
    John B Super Reviewer

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