Rent At Eternity's Gate (2018)

3.1 of 5 from 169 ratings
1h 47min
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Synopsis:
Willem Dafoe gives a mesmerising performance as legendary painter Vincent van Gogh in 'At Eternity's Gate'. Covering his time in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, we find a complex, troubled soul who is seeking a new visual language while also struggling to make sense of himself and his connection to those around him, including friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin (Oscar Isaac) and a confiding priest (Mads Mikkelsen).
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Jon Kilik
Writers:
Jean-Claude Carrière, Julian Schnabel, Louise Kugelberg
Others:
Willem Dafoe
Aka:
Van Gogh: At Eternity's Gate
Studio:
Curzon / Artificial Eye
Genres:
Drama, Special Interest
Awards:

2018 Venice Film Festival Best Actor

BBFC:
Release Date:
20/05/2019
Run Time:
107 minutes
Languages:
English, French
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 'At Eternity's Gate' Q&A
  • Interview with Director Julian Schnabel
  • Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/05/2019
Run Time:
111 minutes
Languages:
English, French
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • At Eternity's Gate Q&A
  • Interview with director Julian Schnabel
  • Interviews with Cast & Crew
  • Behind the Scenes

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Reviews (3) of At Eternity's Gate

Sad.. - At Eternity's Gate review by AB

Spoiler Alert
09/06/2019

I can't say i enjoyed the story as very bleak .. But it explained a lot about Van Gogh . Willen Defoe was excellent . What a twist to this story at the end . If interested in art and the stories behind them , then you will enjoy this

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Inside the mind of Van Gogh - At Eternity's Gate review by AB

Spoiler Alert
31/07/2019

If you are interested in art, and particularly in Vincent Van Gogh, then do watch this strange and mesmerising film about his life. Willem Dafoe is perfectly cast in the role of Vincent. The film takes you into the artist's mind - you feel his passion, his madness, his sadness. You see where he drew his inspiration. The film has a beautiful, dream-like quality.

As Van Gogh presciently remarked 'Someday people will see the value of my paintings beyond the cost of the paints'. He only sold one painting in his lifetime. He died aged 37 years.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

At Eternity's Gate - At Eternity's Gate review by WS

Spoiler Alert
01/10/2019

I saw this at a one-off screening in an arts centre . . . and nearly half the audience walked out before the end.

I don't know what it was in particular that offended the early quitters, but I heard someone later complaining about excessive camera movement. Which is a fair comment - there were times where the camera buzzed around like a midge even though there wasn't a lot of action taking place, such as the first outdoor painting scene.

My own reaction is harder to describe. I liked the visuals and the imaginative sound design, and that it gives us some insight into Van Gogh's motives, his underlying philosophy and how it related to other contemporary trends in the art world, through his friendship with Paul Gaugin. But I came away with a sense of discontent, a feeling that the whole was less than the sum of its parts, that I find it difficult to pin down without seeming nit-picking. To some degree, perhaps, it's because it focuses mainly on aspects of Vincent's life that are already well-known - his single-minded devotion to his art, his inadequate social skills, the dire poverty he had to endure, and being snubbed by the critical establishment and art buyers alike. And, of course, his psychosis, which to give credit where it's due, the film does not exaggerate or sensationalise. But what I found really perplexing - and this is what downgrades it from 4 stars to 3 - was the casting choice. I cannot fault Willem Dafoe's performance, but Vincent van Gogh was only 37 when he died, and having him played by the 60-something Dafoe (who isn't even a young-looking 60-something) required a suspension of disbelief. This is especially so in the close-ups, where he often looks nearly 70, and when you see him together with his brother Theo, played by the obviously much younger Rupert Friend.

To sum up, a respectful and compassionate portrait of an extraordinary man, but one that, for me at least, doesn't live up to the promise of its epic-sounding title.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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