Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent

DVD - 2018
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The life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them, through oil-painted animation. The intrigue unfolds through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.
Publisher: ©2018.
New York, NY :, Cinedigm Entertainment Corp.,, [2018].
Copyright Date: ©2018.
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
1 videodisc (95 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary: The life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them, through oil-painted animation. The intrigue unfolds through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.


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lafleurbleue Mar 13, 2018

When I realized that “Loving Vincent” was animated, I almost didn’t watch it. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of animated movies. They are a bit too fantastical for me, too unreal. I’m so glad I decided to give this movie a try! I loved “Loving Vincent.” It is like “watching” a painting … it is beautiful! I cannot imagine the laborious task of painting every frame of this movie in the artistic style of Van Gogh … it is perfection. After you “watch this beautiful painting,” make sure to watch the Special Feature interview with Douglas Booth, the main actor, for an inside perspective of this work of art. J’adore “Loving Vincent!”

DPLSaraQT Mar 07, 2018

This is like seeing two movies at once: first, you have the one that was traditionally filmed, with actors and cameramen; second, you have that same film with each still oil-painted in the style of Van Gogh. Over 100 artists were involved to get the entire work painted. The result is beautiful, moving, and lush with color and texture. Highly recommended for fans of visually-inspiring films like What Dreams May Come, The Fall, and Wong Kar Wai's works.

What I took away from LOVING VINCENT, besides the beautiful, trippy Postimpressionistic visuals (you'll come away feeling stoned), is the great pathos of van Gogh. Talk about "commitment to excellence." It will make you want to cry.

Mar 05, 2018

First of all, yes, this film was hand-painted animation in the style of Van Gogh, and LOOKS like Van Gogh's paintings (if obviously inferior copies in some places). Sometimes, one of Van Gogh's pictures is merely a backdrop for characters; in others, the paintings themselves seem to be animated. Many of the characters are people whose portraits he painted.

Second, the famously bizarre incident with the ear is presented right near the beginning, so the movie drops that baggage and moves on to the rest of the story early.

The story is presented as a mystery; perhaps Van Gogh did not commit suicide as is usually said. The main character, a postmaster and the son of one of Van Gogh's friends, is presented at the beginning with a letter that Van Gogh wrote to his (Van Gogh's) brother Theo. As he tries to track down Theo to give it to him, he goes deeper and deeper into the mystery of Van Gogh's final days. His conclusions are rather startling.

The movie isn't perfect. Some of the animation is awkward, and the "hand-painted" style can be distracting (sometimes the rough brush-strokes take on the appearance of tangles of multicolored, moving spaghetti). The soundtrack seems much too contemporary for this time period. However, most of this movie is beautiful to look at, and that of course is what the filmmakers were after. I would like to see one or two more movies like this, about artists, and animated in the style of each.

Mar 05, 2018

I liked this "innovative" movie with actual paintings of actors LESS than "The Missing Picture 2014 ★★⅔" that recreated Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge years with miniature clay figures. This gimmicky film style that is at first unique but fast turned to be a distraction to the story which added nothing new to what is already known or remains elusive. While there were some frames that reflected Van Gogh's okay copies but clearly they ain't close to the real ones, and that the majority of the pictures were fillers of repeated paint overs of stills at 12 frames per second. Thank goodness there are dozens of films and books about the life and works of Van Gogh available on library shelves.

1. No subtitles and the not so standard English dialogue was hard to fully understand right from the start. See "Quotes."
2. The end credit song "Starry, Starry Night" was by Lianne La Havas but I still much prefer Don McLean's, the original singer and song writer.

Mar 04, 2018

Interesting film portrayed in an interesting way—animated art. The story is about a young man who has been tasked to deliver a letter to Vincent Van Gogh who is by that time dead. The young man then turns into a detective trying to determine whether Van Gogh killed himself or was murdered. The film is actually paintings in a Van Gogh style animated to tell the story. I found it at times interesting, beautiful and at other times distracting because the imagery detracted from the story. Underneath it all was a young man learning about himself and learning to understand another young man who was blessed with talent, with visionary perception and perhaps cursed with internal distress that could not be expressed or exorcized through his painting.

Feb 25, 2018

Excellent movie which took more than 100 artists over 3 years to make. A real labor of love - not for money. I recommend this to everyone because it's so unique. But especially to artists & art students (any medium), art lovers, Van Gogh fans, those interested in art history, and even those who like a good mystery. SEE THIS MOVIE!

Feb 21, 2018

You MUST see this film if you love Vincent Van Gogh, animation or art!!! It is up for an Academy Award for Best Animation! I own it and it is going to rank up there with "Gone with the wind" for movies I have watched over 5 times!

Feb 20, 2018

I am familiar with Vincent's paintings which are reflected in the production method of this film but unfamiliar with his sad life story which is the focus of the detective-like narrative of this film.

Feb 17, 2018

It is a unique movie. Knowing a bit about Vincent and his work will make it that more enjoyable. It feels like a mature bedtime story with dreamy settings. His work brings so much joy, wish he had the same in life. I’m sure he does in heaven with the starry nights!

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Mar 05, 2018

Took me a while to figure out the word "Reckon" used several times in the film:
I will tell you this. Vincent, he looked like he was all right. Then he comes here with a girl who I reckon was out of his league,
I reckon they argued over money because it was the brother that bought all Vincent's painting things.
Father used to own one once, but he didn't reckon he'd need it here in Auvers, so he sold it.
Sufferers can change from feeling life is a wondrous joy to being stuck in a pit of despair within six hours. So think what changes are possible within six weeks.
-But, I don't reckon that's it. Ravoux girl said he was happy here. She's obviously qualified to make such a diagnosis. ...
I reckon he was shot.
-Have you been talking to Mazery? You heard his tale of how the angle of the bullet was all wrong, that nobody shoots themselves in the stomach?

Mar 05, 2018

It's not my letter. It's Vincent's. It's to Theo Van Gogh.
-That's Vincent's brother, isn't it?
Yeah, Vincent left it behind. His old landlord Geno was having a clear out and found it. So he gave it to my father and father told me I have to deliver it. Like it's my business. My job is to bash metal into shape not Deliver letters.
That nutcase has cut off his ear.
-Your dad sewing it back on is he?
No, he's helping.
-Well that figures one drunk and crazy helping another.
Armand Roulin. Son of the great Joseph Roulin, giant of the South with Dostoevsky's soul.
That's what Vincent called your father. He told me all about him.
-He did?
Yes, and your mother, whose lullaby could sooth even the souls of Icelandic fisherman. Come now, Armand of the Roulin clan, take a seat, be welcome.


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Nov 26, 2017

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