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  • 2010
  • France/USA
  • 135 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joann Sfar
  • Written by: Joann Sfar
  • Cast: Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones
  • Language: French
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This depiction of Serge Gainsbourg's life is a humorous, sad and bizarre identity crisis, more enjoyable in its abstract moments than when loitering in traditional biopic territory. While Sfar excels at eccentricity, the movie occasionally falters, particularly in its portrayal of Gainsbourg's less hedonistic times. Nonetheless, a great introduction to the French singer.

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Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)

23 Jul 20104 stars

(15) 121min Great songs, beautiful girls, lovely costumes and an artist in a constant state of flux are emphasised in Joann Sfar’s imaginative, beautiful and suitably bizarre musing on the life of Serge Gainsbourg. Starting off in conventional…

Five Great Serge Gainsbourg film soundtracks

23 Jul 2010

A round-up of great film work by the French singer-songwriter

L’eau à la bouche Gainsbourg’s first work as a composer for cinema was on this minor New Wave romantic comedy of familial dysfunction, contested wills and lecherous intent. Gainsbourg’s languorous, yet risqué score, which includes the title track, set…

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