Movie Review - Loving Vincent
Douglas Booth (Noah and Jupiter Ascending) stars or provides the voice for Armand Roulin. Armand is one of several real-life people whom Van Gogh painted who become characters brought to life in this film. One of the best paintings of Armand is the version depicting the young man in a fedora and a bright yellow jacket with a pencil mustache. This is the version we see.
Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids and The Incredible Jessica Jones) is the voice of the Postmaster whose real name was Joseph Roulin. He was the father of Armand and good friend to Van Gogh. After Van Gogh's death, the Postmaster gets a letter from Van Gogh but addressed to Van Gogh's brother. The Postmaster, however, doesn't know where Van Gogh's brother is. He decides to send his son, Armand, on a mission to find the missing brother and deliver the letter. Armand is led to the cottage inn where Van Gogh died.
Jerome Flynn (Games of Thrones and Ripper Street) is the voice of Paul Gachet, a French physician who is also a bit of an artist too. After Van Gogh was shot in the stomach, Paul took care of Van Gogh until eventually dying of his injuries. Paul had counseled Van Gogh previous to that as well.
Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird and Brooklyn) is the voice of Marguerite Gachet, the daughter of the French physician. She's a reserved, soft-spoken, young woman who plays the piano, just as depicted in Van Gogh's paintings, who perhaps had a relationship with Van Gogh.
What he gets from Adeline and the Boatman leads Armand to think Van Gogh didn't die by suicide and that the Gachet family had something to do with it. Another possible culprit emerges in Armand's mind and he tries to pursue it. Turning Van Gogh's death into a murder mystery is a good idea to make this whole thing engaging, but it doesn't bridge the distance for those who don't know much about the Dutch painter like myself. It's more remarkable for its reverence of Van Gogh's style as it does nothing more than ape it. It is a beautiful film though.
Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual material and smoking.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 34 mins.
Playing at the Cinema Art Theater in Rehoboth Beach.