A little bit too late to talk about this amazing movie ‘Loving Vincent’ the world first fully painted feature film, is about life of famous and most influential painter Vincent Van Gogh who leave us with his legacies in about 2,100 artworks.
His painting style is one of the biggest contribute to modern art nowadays. Unfortunately people lack of appreciation during the artist life because at that time people still pay the biggest attention to the academic art.
His life and death that full of controversy was draw attention for the film maker to tell the story of the painter’s life. The film, written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman who turn painting become to move and fluid in the movie.
All the characters in Loving Vincent are performed by real actors and setted to look like Vincent’s painting style.
What amazing is, that each of film made in 65,000 frames in oil painting on canvas /canvas board by 125 painters team.
The film it self has been premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival and won the Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin and was nominated for the Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.
Such a beautiful movie when the technology and traditional craft mix together, Vincent absolutely deserve this.
Below you can watch the ‘Trailer’ from Loving Vincent Youtube chanel official and the video making of the movie
The film plot overview
Below is a bit of the movie plot according to Wikipedia.
One year after Vincent van Gogh’s suicide, Postman Joseph Roulin who also Van Gogh best friend asks his son Armand to deliver Van Gogh’s last letter to his brother, Theo. Roulin finds the death suspicious, as merely weeks earlier Van Gogh claimed through letters that his mood was calm and normal. Armand reluctantly agrees and heads for Paris.
Père Tanguy, a Montmartre art supplier, tells Armand that Theo has actually died six months after Vincent. He suggests Armand to travel to Auvers-sur-Oise and look for Dr. Gachet, who housed Van Gogh after his release from an asylum, shared his love for art, and attended the funeral. Once there, Armand learns that the doctor is out on business, so he stays at the same inn that Van Gogh did during his time in the area. There he meets temporary proprietress Adeline Ravoux, who was fond of Van Gogh, and was also surprised by his death. Upon her suggestion, Armand visits the local boatman, who informs him that Van Gogh kept close company with Dr. Gachet’s sheltered daughter, Marguerite. She denies and gets angry when suggested that Van Gogh’s suicidal mood could have resulted from his argument with her father.
Throughout the investigation, Armand begins to suspect a local boy named René Secretan, who reportedly liked to torment Van Gogh, was in possession of a gun and had often drunkenly waved it around town. Doctor Mazery, who examined Van Gogh, also claims that the shot must have come from a few feet away, ruling out suicide. Marguerite confesses to being in close, but not romantic, relations with Van Gogh.
Dr. Gachet finally returns and promises to deliver Armand’s letter to Theo’s widow. He admits there was an argument between them – Van Gogh accused Gachet of being a coward for not pursuing his dreams, to which he angrily accused Van Gogh of being overly dependent on his brother, thus deteriorating his health. Gachet posits that the accusation drove Van Gogh to suicide in order to release Theo from the burden. Armand returns home, and Postman Roulin later receives word from Theo’s widow, Johanna, thanking Armand for returning the letter – signed, “Your loving Vincent.”
And the movie main cast by Robert Gulaczyk as Vincent van Gogh, Douglas Booth as Armand Roulin, Jerome Flynn as Paul Gachet, Saoirse Ronan as Marguerite Gachet, Helen McCrory as Louise Chevalier, Chris O’Dowd as Postman Joseph Roulin, John Sessions as Père Tanguy, Eleanor Tomlinson as Adeline Ravoux, Aidan Turner as Boatman
For a painter and movie lover ‘Loving Vincent’ definitely worth to become one of your collection. Even though the film has been play in most of bioskop unfortunately I found it hard to find the originals DVD/Blu-ray in my country hmm … perhaps I still need to wait till someone sell the original (physical) ones.
To find out more info about “Loving Vincent” visit lovingvincent.com
If you have watch the movie please share your opinion in the comment bellow, thanks 🙂