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Loving Vincent

Rated PG-13 95 minutes 2017

A team of 115 oil painters executed some 65,000 canvases in the style of Vincent Van Gogh to create this extraordinary animation about the painter's last days. Following Van Gogh's death from a mysterious gunshot wound, young Armand Roulin, whose family in the French town of Arles posed for numerous Van Gogh portraits, sets out to determine whether the death was murder, suicide, or an accident—and, moreover, why the painter, who appeared happy and productive during his time in Arles, might have chosen that moment to take his own life. The roiling landscape scenes betray the redundance of animating images that already sizzle with energy, but the portraiture works beautifully, especially because the actors who supply the characters' voices and visages are first-rate (especially Chris O'Dowd as Roulin's postman father, a compassionate soul with insights into the damaged artist).

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Official Site: lovingvincent.com

Director: Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman

Cast: Douglas Booth, Robert Gulaczyk, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan, Chris O'Dowd, John Sessions, Aidan Turner and Helen McCrory

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