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This was Altman's most watchable theatrical feature in about a decade, and the actors always keep you guessing.
This masterwork operates in the intimate, thoughtful vein of the great BBC bios of artistic figures.
[A] film that generates the feeling that we are in the presence of a man in the act of creation.
Nowhere does Altman sermonise about the artist's greatness; his achievement is allowed to speak for itself. If only more film-makers had such confidence and integrity.
The enjoyment in Vincent and Theo comes more from the director's attention to art history than from his ability to interpret it anew.
An Altman masterpiece.
The Altmans bring Van Gogh's subjects back to life.
Shows us the artist's greatness by allowing it to be self-apparent without lecturing us.
In nearly two and a half hours you expect more.
An absorbing, disturbing study.
a humanistic exposition akin to Surviving Picasso and Pollock
Despite an awful score and how the narrative seems sometimes as fragmented as the characters' psyches, this biopic impresses us with a beautiful cinematography and art direction, as if seen from Van Gogh's own eyes, and it has Tim Roth and Paul Rhys in fantastic performances.
Vincent and Theo features the quirky, voyeuristic style of Altman and has Roth in an intense but human role. I am only vaguely familiar with the story of Van Gogh; I cannot tell whether I would find the plot better or worse if I did know the story. As it is, I find the plot neutral but rate the film up a bit based on the actor / director pairing. Recommended to fans of Altman and Roth.
While I sentimentally love the Doctor Who version of Vincent Van Gogh, this is the definitive dramatic take of an artist on the brink of madness with few pennies to his name.
[font=Century Gothic]"Vincent and Theo" starts out with a modern day auction of paintings by Vincent van Gogh going for a fortune, then fades to Vincent(Tim Roth), a struggling painter in his native Holland talking to his brother, Theo(Paul Rhys), an art dealer living in Paris. Vincent is barely surviving on what allowance his brother can give to him. Even through all of this, Vincent shacks up with a prostitute/model, Sien(JIp Wijngaarden).[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Vincent and Theo" is a biopic that aims to focus on the relationship between Vincent and Theo van Gogh but there is too little of that in the film.(What there is, is similar to that of a banker to a customer.) This approach puts too much emphasis on the none-too-interesting personal life of Theo. However, Tim Roth does give a great performance as the troubled painter but it is unsettling having the leads played by two British actors while most of the supporting characters are played by Dutch and French actors.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]The movie also seeks to take a more authentic approach to the life of Vincent van Gogh than previous movies might have.(I saw "Lust for Life" but too long ago to really comment on it.) In this movie, van Gogh is a painter who goes against the fashion of the day and takes more interest in real life than in still life.(For example, he paints Sien squatting over a chamber pot.) But it does not go far enough and simply comes off as stodgy.[/font]
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