Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

January 20th, 2010







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Plot
A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.8/10 (3,489 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Director: Joann Sfar

Stars: Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta

Storyline
A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62.

Writers: Joann Sfar, Joann Sfar

Cast:
Eric Elmosnino - Serge Gainsbourg
Lucy Gordon - Jane Birkin
Laetitia Casta - Brigitte Bardot
Doug Jones - La Gueule
Anna Mouglalis - Juliette Gréco
Mylène Jampanoï - Bambou
Sara Forestier - France Gall
Kacey Mottet Klein - Lucien Ginsburg
Razvan Vasilescu - Joseph Ginsburg
Dinara Drukarova - Olga Ginsburg (as Dinara Droukarova)
Philippe Katerine - Boris Vian
Deborah Grall - Elisabeth Levizky
Yolande Moreau - Fréhel
Ophélia Kolb - Le modèle
Claude Chabrol - Le producteur musique de Gainsbourg



Details

Official Website: Music Box Films [United States] | Official site [Germany] |

Release Date: 20 January 2010

Opening Weekend: €2,810,500 (France) (24 January 2010) (499 Screens)

Gross: $9,234,225 (France)



Technical Specs

Runtime:  | UK: (recut version)



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Lucy Gordon died when the film was in post production. This film is dedicated to her memory.

Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the 135 minute version of the film a nightclub reveler laughs about Gainsbourg being parodied on 'Guignols de l'info' (a French puppet show in which celebrities are mocked) but in the same scene Gainsbourg meets Bambou for the first time (his last wife). He married Bambou in 1981 but the Guignols were only created in 1988.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Lucien Ginsburg: Can I put your hand in mine?
Girl: No, you're too ugly.



User Review

It's not big or clever to smoke, and it doesn't make you look cool … unless you happen to be Serge Gainsbourg … !

Rating: 8/10

GAINSBOURG (Vie héroïque) … from the Studio Canal stable depicts the life story of Serge Gainsbourg from early childhood in the 1930's and 40's, until just before his death in 1991.

Born Lucien Ginsburg – and as an impressionable youth he felt outcast as being a Jewish child in Nazi occupied Paris in the 1940's – leading him to develop an imaginary friend who adopted an increasingly grotesque caricature / persona of himself that would lead him on to do more and more outrageous things to "rebel" his situation and to attempt to gain an element of "love" and "acceptance" from his notoriety.

A talented musician and artist, Lucien (who later was persuaded by friends to change his name to the more "acceptable" Serge Gainsbourg) became the darling of the social scene, charming his way through a succession of affairs with beautiful women – most notably Brigitte Bardot, Juliette Greco, and Jane Birkin.

I'm surprised that they didn't have a cigarette company sponsoring this movie – as the sheer amount of fags smoked during this film must be some sort of record!

After the showing of the film (at the Cineworld, Haymarket, London) we were treated to a Question and Answer session with the Writer / Director of this movie JOANN SFAR, who explained that the idea for the film came from his own graphic novel on Serge Gainsbourg penned by JOANN SFAR – and this pretty much formed the construct and ambiance of the movie – it is highly graphical and visual in it's content – much of it being fantasy visions and flashbacks within Gainsbourg's mind. Talking from the heart – Joann showed a real passion for the film, and was very open as to how the film was created.

Gainsbourg became the darling of French society with his talent and flair – but he also would court scandal and became infamous for the release of "Je t'aime... moi non plus" (which he originally wrote for Bardot) and the seemingly disrespectful reggae version of the French national anthem "La Marseillaise", but love him or loath him – you couldn't ignore him ..

The whole movie is very atmospheric, and some of the casting of this film was inspired – especially the terrific performances by Eric Elmosnini in the title role, the stunning beautiful Laetitia Casta as Brigitte Bardot, Lucy Gordon as Jane Birkin, Anna Mouglalis as Juliette Greco and Kacey Mottet Klein as the young Lucien Ginsburg.

At the end credits of the film is a dedication "to Lucy" which referred to the actress Lucy Gordon – who (the director explained) played the part of Jane Birkin in the film – and who had tragically committed suicide during the final editing parts of the film – a talented actress – and a sad loss.

At 2 hours 10mins long, in French with English subtitles GAINSBOURG will not be everyone's cup of tea … but the film DOES keep you entertained and if you give it a chance, I'm sure that you will not be disappointed ...

It's not big or clever to smoke, and it doesn't make you look cool … unless you happen to be Serge Gainsbourg … !

GAINSBOURG is on general release from 30th July 2010









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