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The writer and passionate art lover James Lord (Armie Hammer) is on a trip to Paris in 1964. There he is persuaded by a friend to sit for a portrait model. It wouldn't take more than three hours. Lord promises to paint the portrait with none other than the great Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush). But it quickly becomes clear that this will not be a matter of a few hours. For the writer encounters an extremely eccentric and moody artist whose way of working is both fascinating and disturbing. So hours become days and days become weeks. Again and again Lord has to postpone his planned departure - but the picture is not finished. And the longer he is involved in the creative process of the idiosyncratic artist, the greater his insight into a life as chaotic as it is irritating, which is always good for a surprise…
As an actor, Stanley Tucci is beyond doubt - even if he can be seen in less demanding films like the "Transformers" strip. Even as a director, he reveals a good hand in many aspects - for example when it comes to pictorial language. Like an actor, he is definitely a passionate filmmaker. "Final Portrait", his tribute to Alberto Giacometti, this is quite noticeable. In Geoffrey Rush he has also found a leading actor who masters such challenging roles with bravura. However, all this doesn't hide the fact that Tucci is rather disappointing as a storyteller.
Too much he relies on Rush's performance being strong enough to captivate the audience. The actual story is pushed into the background. The problem is that Giacometti is not a really sympathetic character. In the film, he is the cliché of an artist's soul dripping with self-pity, who for fear of delivering something other than perfection has created a protective armor of eccentricity and egoism. His behavior is supposed to show what a great artist Giacometti was, but it only leaves the viewer with an impression of what a difficult personality he may have been - one with whom one doesn't necessarily want to spend much time.
Despite good actors and atmospheric images, "Final Portrait" is a bulky, tough and unentertaining film. It is an unsuccessful attempt to artistically stage a film about an artist. That's about as exciting and enthralling as watching dry paint on canvas. Unfortunately, there's only one for that: With clear cutbacks for hardcore art and arthouse lovers still worth seeing!
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