Thursday, January 11, 2018

Loving Vincent

Although MapYourMystery is a blog for reviewing books, I had to tell you about a film I saw this week. It is called Loving Vincent and it is a movie depicted in oil-painted animation in the style of Vincent Van Gogh.

It's a mystery of sorts. Known for his prodigious correspondence with his brother Theo, Vincent's last letter to his brother was never delivered. In this exquisitely hand-painted movie, the son of a postmaster comes to the last hometown of the troubled artist one year after his death to deliver his final letter and ends up investigating his last days.

Did Vincent kill himself or was he a victim of an accidental shooting? As the young Armand Roulin goes in search of someone to whom he can deliver the letter, he learns about Vincent's life in Auvers. He hears one side of Vincent from Dr. Paul Gachet, the man who treated him for his depression and who was so obsessed with becoming an artist himself, he copied much of Vincent's work himself.

There's also Adeline Ravoux, the innkeeper's daughter, who tells of a happy, contented man the days before his death. She tells Armand that you cannot believe a word Dr. Gachet says about Vincent.

What Roulin finds leads to more questions about Vincent and his state of mind. Wonderful movie painting in glorious colors.

The artists who created the film painted over 65,000 frames in oils to produce the movie. In the coming months some of the artboards will be available for purchase. This is a wonderful film and a joy to watch.

The trailer link for Loving Vincent is here.


JSA said...

Wonderful review! It's on my list of films to go see in the theater, which is a rarity for me these days. The film trailer is incredible!

Margaret Dohr said...

The film was an amazing work of art, I am so glad I had the opportunity to experience it!