Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (Gauguin-voyage de Tahiti)
Directed by Edouard Deluc
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“A solid, poignant and engaging drama.”—Mark Demetrius, Filmink
When he died in 1903 at the age of 54, all alone and living in the French Polynesia, Paul Gauguin was an uncelebrated French artist with nary a franc to his name. But in the years following his death, thanks to well-funded exhibitions and a change in the cultural zeitgeist, Gauguin gained renown as one of the boldest and most illustrious painters of his or any other time. In 2014, the artist’s 1892 masterpiece Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) sold at auction for $210 million, placing it among the most expensive artworks in the world.
Acclaimed French actor Vincent Cassel (La Haine, Elizabeth, Irreversible, Black Swan, Jason Bourne) leads this lush, imaginative biopic, inspired by Gauguin’s own memoir Noa Noa (a Tahitian word meaning fragrance). Portraying a ravaged Gauguin as he is awoken by the beauty and mystery of Tahiti, Cassel delivers a fully embodied, magnetic performance.
By 1891, Gauguin was already well-known in artistic circles, but had grown tired of the civilized world and its political and moral conventions. Leaving his wife and children behind, he ventured alone to Tahiti consumed with a yearning for new inspiration. Pushing deep into the Tahitian jungle, Gauguin met Tehura, his muse, who inspired his most iconic works of art. 2017, France, DCP, in French and Polynesian with English subtitles, 102 minutes. Recommended for 16+.