With the Oscar Awards on Sunday, February 24, Sharon and I are working our way through the last couple of nominated movies that we haven't seen. Friday night, Sharon, and I watched At Eternity's Gate on the AppleTV.
The film stars Willem Dafoe as van Gogh, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner and Niels Aarestrup. For his performance, Dafoe was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama.
At Eternity's Gate is a 2018 biographical drama film about the final years of painter Vincent van Gogh's life. It was shot on location in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône and Auvers-sur-Oise, France. There are all locations where Van Gogh lived and painted during his final years.
More than twenty years ago, I read a Lust for Life, a biography of Van Gogh, by Irving Stone. Additionally, Sharon and I saw several traveling Van Gogh exhibitions in Los Angeles and Denver in 1999 and 2000. We visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2016. I always look for Van Goghs when we are visiting museums.
Nevertheless, I didn't enjoy this film. When the music started during the opening credits, Sharon said "this is going to be boring." There are several long two person dialogue scenes in the second half of the movie that are very slow. While I appreciate what they were trying to do in portraying Van Gogh, I don't recommend this movie.