Paris 1919. Two men - artists, Amedeo Modigliani (Andy Garcia) and Pablo Picasso (Omid Djalili) have a bitter rivalry fuelled by brilliance, arrogance and passion. But Modigliani also has another passion in his life, Jeanne Hebuterne (Elsa Zlyberstein), a beautiful catholic girl whose only fault in her father's eyes was to fall in love with Modigliani, a Jew. This is the remarkable story of Modigliani's brilliant but tortured genius and the great conflicts of passion he had to face. This is the true story of one amazing man and one of the greatest love tragedies in art history.
I had never heard of Modigliani before this film and have since Wikipediaed him. A fascinating and tragic life well worth capturing in film. Andy Garcia plays him as an outrageously confident man, more appealing for it. Omid plays Picasso. I suspect their rivalry is invented for dramatic effect. Most of the rest of the plot however is genuine and covers most of the dramatic moments. This is in my opinion the fault of the film. By telling the story of his lifetime it dilutes the impact of each part. A whistle stop tour rather than an emotional journey. Some of the cafe scenes are poorly acted, some of the domestic disputes are awesome.