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|Regie:||Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 95 Min|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
There are always films in which the actual plot disappears behind the artistic realization. "Loving Vincent" is one such movie. This first film consisting entirely of oil paintings was painted by 125 artists from all over the world. The result is 65,000 individual pictures, which result in a visually impressive and aesthetically unique work. The story that is told is of secondary importance. And that's a good thing, because the story is not uninteresting in itself, but not necessarily ready to be filmed.
One year after the death of the artist Vincent van Gogh, the young Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth) comes into possession of a letter that Vincent wrote to his brother Theo. With the intention of handing over the letter to Theo, Armand set off for Paris to find out that he had also died a few months after his brother's death. But for Armand, the contract is not yet complete. He wants to deliver the letter and travels to the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, the artist's last residence. The more time he spends here, the more mysterious van Gogh's alleged suicide becomes. Armand doesn't want to travel back home until he has found out the whole truth…
"Loving Vincent" is a very ambitious project. The actors acted either in sets based on van Gogh's paintings or in front of a green screen, so that they could then be connected to the computer-generated elements. Thus the paintings of the immortal artist come to life in the truest sense of the word. In total there are 94 paintings in the film, which are very close to the original in their form, and 31 others, which essentially or in parts match the originals. Visually, Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman have succeeded in making a really unique film, which should be a celebration especially for art lovers.
As a spectator you can really lose yourself in the playfulness and the blaze of color. The fact that the plot is a bit tenacious and could have been tightened a bit is well concealed by this, but not completely concealed. Even though the story was meticulously researched and based not only on van Gogh's paintings but also on 800 personal letters, no particularly stirring dramaturgy should be expected. The plot is interesting, there is no question about that, but it also splashes along a little bit pleasantly. "Loving Vincent" is primarily a fascinating film on a visual level, which deserves to be called a work of art itself. And that's exactly what makes it so weak despite its dramaturgical weaknesses: absolutely worth seeing!
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