Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti
- 1hr 42m
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It’s never easy to translate visually the inner turmoil of a struggling artist, and “Gauguin” is a prime example of that.
Cassel, one of France's singular talents, delivers an absorbing performance, committing to his role on both mental and physical levels.
What keeps the material from feeling too scattershot is the vitality of Cassel’s performance, which is full of life even when he’s not always in the best of health. He’s a much-needed charismatic center that almost manages to keep the entire enterprise together.
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Ever need a change of scenery? Well, French post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin (Vincent Cassel) did. And boy did he get it. As an innovator of modern art with his use of bold color and distorted proportions, Gauguin was well-known in Paris, but bored and uninspired. So, leaving his wife and children behind, he travels all the way to the extraordinarily colorful Tahiti, where he catches his own food and paints to his heart’s content. He eventually travels deep into the Tahitian jungle, where he meets Tehura (Tuhei Adams). Although decades younger than Gauguin, she becomes his student and muse.
The film is based on Gauguin’s travel journal, Noa Noa, which he wrote during his first visit to Tahiti (1891-1893).
Directed by Edouard Deluc (Welcome to Argentina) and written by Deluc, Etienne Coma, Thomas Lilti and Sarah Kaminsky based on the author’s journal. Also starring Malik Zidi and Pernille Bergendorff.
- Vincent Cassel
- Tuheï Adams
- Malik Zidi
- Pua-Taï Hikutini
- Pernille Bergendorff
- Marc Barbé
- Paul Jeanson
- Cédric Eeckhout
- Samuel Jouy
- Scali Delpeyrat
Did You Know?
- When Paul Gauguin met Teha'amana (also called Tehura), she was 13 and he was 48. They had a daughter that lived only few days a year later.
- Mallarm?: You're a savage, like the rest of us. But YOU have decided not to forget it.