”There have been plenty of films about the tortured Dutch artist, but none as evocative and affecting as Julian Schnabel’s latestRolling Stones
In the area of Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, where Vincent van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) has withdrawn to escape the pressures of life in Paris, he is treated by some as friendly and brutal as the others. The owner of the local restaurant takes pity on him and gives him a notebook for his drawings. Others are afraid of his dark and unpredictable mood swings. Even his close friend and artist Paul Gaugin finds him too oppressive and leaves him. But his brother and art dealer Theo supports him unshakably, even if he fails to sell even one of Vincent’s works.
Julian Schnabel’s VAN GOGH – AHEAD OF ETERNITY is a fascinating journey into the body and mind of Vincent van Gogh, who despite skepticism, madness and illness, created some of the world’s most impressive and acclaimed works of art. But like so many artists he was ahead of his time and was socially expelled and disapproved during his lifetime.
“Willem Dafoe Is an Inspired Van Gogh in Julian Schnabel’s Impressionistic Masterwork” (Indiewire).
Director: Julian Schnabel
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, Emmanuelle Seigner.
Screenplay: Jean-Claude Carrière, Julian Schnabel