Vincent And Theo details
|Starring:||Paul Rhys, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Tim Roth|
Vincent And Theo
|Run time:||2 hours 14 minutes|
|Rental release:||Not available for rental|
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A fine film with a superb castBy Philip Concannon from London , 03 Jun 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]One maverick artist tackles another as Robert Altman brings the life of Vincent Van Gogh to the screen. Altman bases the film around Vincent's relationship with his brother Theo which lends it an emotional depth it may otherwise have lacked.
Altman opens with the ironic sequence of one of Van Gogh's paintings selling for millions before cutting back to Vincent living in poverty, unrecognised and depressed. It becomes the theme of the film as Vincent strives to be recognised. His brother is supportive and helps Vincent financially as much as he can. The film shows how Theo gave a sense of normality to the neurotic vincent's world and Vincent embodied Theo's frustrated artistic talent.
Paul Rhys is excellent as Theo but the film belongs to the astonishing Tim Roth. Roth is magnificent as Van Gogh, bringing a depth and humanity to a role that would have been easy to overplay. Unfortunately Altman has a tendency to ramble and loses the intensity of the brother's relationship at times. However, the film's excellent cinematography and evocative music make this a drama well worth seeking out.
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Gauche but likeable, just like VincentBy Noseyjoe (167 reviews) from London , 18 Dec 2009For legendary director Robert Altman this is a remarkably low-budget, sometimes amateurish effort (God knows what film stock he used), but with enough good qualities to see it through. With a story like Van Gogh's you can't go far wrong either: trials and torments that we all share but which he didn't sublimate or ever transcend. He was that embarrassing little brother who would never accommodate himself to the world, and whom the ever-generous, ever-indulgent Theo cared for so tenderly (even if they fought like cat and dog). Tim Roth is as good as you would expect, and although rough round the edges, the film has clearly been well researched and manages to shed new light on a well-known tale
A film of great visual powerBy Savage (632 reviews) from London, England , 05 Oct 2006Van Gogh always seems to bring out the best in directors (see others film by Minnelli, Cox and, the masterpiece of the lot, by Pialat), and Altman is no exception. He goes over almost exactly the same ground as 'Lust for life', even quoting Minnelli's film on occasion, but he is allowed much more honesty in his depiction of Vincent's dissolution, and gets two extraordinary performances to match from Tim Roth and Paul Rhys (whose quiet desperation should not be overlooked next to Roth's barnstorming).
It's the physicality which clearly interests Altman the most, which shows he has understood the art, and he doesn't stint, wrestling with his landscapes, with the sex, and extracting every available irony from his cross-cutting between Vincent's rural chaos and Theo's urban, apparent, calm. Both mask inner demons of a mystery which Altman and his writer Julian Mitchell don't attempt to understand, leaving us with a haunting picture of talent burnt out with the two gravestones, side by side.
Possibly the worst film ever madeBy a customer from cumbernauld, Scotland , 13 May 2006I cannot really write a proper eview of this as I fell asleep through utter boredom halfway through, woke up and switched off. How on earth could they produce a film so poor as this about someone so wild as Van Gogh? Do not watch this!
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Broad strokesBy RJNeb2 (1012 reviews) from London , 29 Apr 2006You might have expected Robert Altman to be the perfect director for yet another biopic about a misunderstood artist who was unappreciated in his lifetime. Curiously, Altman brings little passion to the party, detailing the story in an unusually (for him) factual and uncluttered way. That it works in any shape or form is probably best down to dedicated performances from Roth and Rhys as the troubled siblings. The only real difference that this effort has over previous van Gogh movies is that it adds a lot more focus to his supportive but equally troubled brother Theo, but, in truth, this adds little more than length.
worth a lookBy a customer from macclesfield , 01 Dec 2005Short and sweet. Not a bad film, very watchable, but already been done twice before and they were both better versions.
The versions refer to the french ver. and the one with Charlton Heston.