Total Eclipse

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Movie Info

This historical drama, directed by Agnieszka Holland, focuses on the rocky relationship between the renowned 19th century French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine. Rimbaud (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a teenage wunderkind known for his rebelliousness against conventional society and his surrealistic writing. He disrupts the life of Verlaine (David Thewlis), a more conventional writer who is older and married to a dutiful young wife, Mathilde (Romane Bohringer). The drunken Verlaine is unkind to Mathilde, even though her father is providing him with a house and an income to live on while he pursues his writing. Rimbaud overwhelms Verlaine, mocking his conventionality, constantly disrupting his domestic life, and somehow attracting the maniacal love of the older man.

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Cast

Leonardo DiCaprio
as Arthur Rimbaud
David Thewlis
as Paul Verlaine
Romane Bohringer
as Mathilde Verlaine
James Thieree
as Frederic
Denise Chalem
as Mrs. Maute De Fleurville
Andrzej Seweryn
as Mr. Maute De Fleurville
Christopher Chaplin
as Charles Cros
Felicie Pasotti Cabarbaye
as Isabelle as a Child
Nita Klein
as Rimbaud's Mother
Kettly Noël
as Somalian Woman
Cheb Han
as Djami
Dominique Blanc
as Isabelle Rimbaud
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Critic Reviews for Total Eclipse

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Audience Reviews for Total Eclipse

  • Jan 29, 2011
    Opening credits go on way too long, there is some vacany in the story's execution and the film also slips to some other lows. Still, DiCaprio is, get this, phenomenal. I know, czazy isn't it? He is also hilarious comic relief, which really is shocking when you consider how serious of an actor he is, Academy. There are also some other great performances, good lines for DiCaprio, I hate to admit it, but excellent chemistry between Thewlis and DiCaprio and other high points that could have made it a much more solid film, had the story been delivered better. Still, it is an interesting film that's fairly worth checking out.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2010
    A young Leonardo...already an outstanding actor. He absolutely stole this film as his own even at such a young age. I love period dramas, and biographical dramas, so this movie was just perfect for me. Leo portrays a supposedly true-to-life strange and crazy poet in this movie. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job than he did. Very interesting film.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2010
    This story takes place in the 19th century where two French male poets, Verlaine and Rimbaud, start a taboo like love affair. Verlaine is recently married and Rimbaud is much younger and still single. They're both very passionate and talented, and the heated love affair betweeen them soon creates a lot of trouble. The first thing that came to my mind was that it was extremely weird watching DiCaprio acting as a homosexual and even weirder watching him making a homosexual love scene. It must've taken a lot of bravery from DiCaprio playing a part like this one. The movie was just ok but not something I would want to watch once more. The greatest thing about this movie was of course Leonardo DiCaprio.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2010
    David Thewlis is such a horrible actor that it destroyed this movie. This was a great performance for Leonardo DiCaprio and I feel his portrayal was the only interesting thing about the movie. Even with getting to see Leonardo naked a few times... I still cannot recommend the movie. Seeing Leonardo shine as an actor may only be because of the poor acting of co-stars!
    Thomas J Super Reviewer

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