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At Eternity's Gate (2018)

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How Willem Dafoe Learned to Paint Like van Gogh

On the Golden Globes red carpet, Willem Dafoe discusses At Eternity’s Gate and how he learned to paint like Vincent van Gogh.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... Vincent van Gogh
Rupert Friend ... Theo Van Gogh
Oscar Isaac ... Paul Gauguin
Mads Mikkelsen ... The Priest
Mathieu Amalric ... Dr. Paul Gachet
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Madame Ginoux
Niels Arestrup ... Madman
Anne Consigny ... Teacher
Amira Casar ... Johanna Van Gogh
Vincent Perez ... The Director
Lolita Chammah ... Girl on the Road
Stella Schnabel Stella Schnabel ... Gaby
Vladimir Consigny Vladimir Consigny ... Doctor Felix Ray
Arthur Jacquin Arthur Jacquin ... René
Solal Forte Solal Forte ... Gaston
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During a self-imposed exile in Arles and Auvers-Sur-Oise, France, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh develops his unique, colorful style of painting. While grappling with religion, mental illness and a tumultuous friendship with French artist Paul Gauguin, van Gogh begins to focus on his relationship with eternity rather than the pain his art causes him in the present..

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Biography | Drama

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Switzerland | UK | France | USA | Ireland

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French | English

Release Date:

7 February 2019 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

La poarta eternităţii See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,856, 18 November 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,160,899, 21 January 2019
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2.35 : 1
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The film premiered at the 2018 Venice Film Festival where Dafoe won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. Olivia Colman, his co-star in 2017's Murder On the Orient Express, won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress the very same year for her role in 2018's The Favourite. See more »

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Vincent Van Gogh: I can make people feel what it's like to be alive.
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Impressionist view of the famed Post-Impressionist artist
30 November 2018 | by gortxSee all my reviews

Vincent Van Gogh is an artist seemingly tailor made for the movies - the brilliance, the madness, the short tragic life unappreciated in his time and....the ear! (the first I ever heard of Van Gogh was in elementary school. An artist so intense he cut his own ear off!? Cool!). Coming off last year's brilliantly animated LOVING VINCENT, comes the latest entry in the Van Gogh filmography, AT ETERNITY'S GATE. Played by Willem Dafoe, this Van Gogh isn't given the traditional bio-pic treatment. It focuses on the last few months of the painter's life. The main details are there (including, yes, the ear incident), as are the characters such as Paul Gaugin (Oscar Isaac), Dr. Gachet (Mathieu Almaric) and, of course, his beloved brother Theo (Rupert Friend). Director Julian Schnabel (DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS) and his co-writers including the esteemed Jean-Claude Carriere (who's worked with the likes of Bunuel, Schlondorff, Godard and Wadja) give us more an impressionist* treatment. Abetted by Cinematographer Benoit Delhomme, we get a kaleidoscope of images, sounds and visions. Delhomme's hand-held camera-work takes some getting used to, and, quite frankly, can be a bit distracting at times (the demands supposedly forced the camera operator to give up on the opening shot and Delhomme had to operate himself!). Tatiana Livoskaia's minimalist score adds to the disjointed perspective. Schnabel's fragmented style doesn't give the actors much room to breathe, but Dafoe et al. acquit themselves capably. The cumulative effect will certainly not be to everyone's taste (particularly those desiring a traditional biography), but, GATE is a vivid impression of what those final months may have been like. One artist's vision of another's.

* In the movie, Van Gogh and Gaugin discuss how they are more modernist than the classic school of Impressionism. They are often termed Post-Impressionist painters.


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