Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Cast: Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan, Chris O'Dowd, Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jerome Flynn, John Sessions, Helen McCrory
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country of Origin: UK-Poland 2017 98 mins. (12A)
Released by Altitude
'Loving Vincent' offers an interesting slant in the form of a murder mystery, a biopic of sorts of the artist Vincent van Gogh. How tormented was he? Was the gun shot would to the stomach suicide?
Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth), son of the village postmaster (Chris O'Dowd) is asked to take one of the last letters the artist wrote to his brother Theo. Travelling to Auvers-sur-Ore he meets those who knew Vincent van Gogh (Robert Gulaczyk) and may be able to shed some light onto the life of the artist. Told in flashback and using 65,000 hand painted frames, Van Gogh's works are brought to life to offer some insight into the mystery of his death.
It's an incredible achievement and a true labour of love. If only the script matched the visual richness of the stunning animation.