Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)

Please go and see this film. It’s quite simply magical.

I really don’t want to spoil anything about it as I knew very little before seeing it last night and the way in which the entire film was presented was an utter delight. And to be honest, part of the delight came from it being a total (lovely) surprise. I kind of want other people to experience that as well. Which is why I urge you to see it as soon as possible.
I appreciate this film probably isn’t for everyone. I, however, fell a bit in love with it. The director, Joann Sfar, based the film on his graphic novel of the same name and that’s very telling throughout, even down to the way all the shots have been framed. Many many shots feel like panels. Lucy Gordon, tragic backstory aside, is beautiful and…. actually now that I write that it sounds silly because ALL the women in this film are beautiful, but Gordon stands out with a wide-eyed, long-limbed English beauty that she’s the one you go home thinking about. The newspaper article I have linked to above is talking about Jane Birkin (whom Gordon plays) and states “The actress playing her needed to combine coltish sexuality and toughness” and watching Gainsbourg you can see that she totally embodies that spirit.

Go see this film. Now.

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