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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life by Joann Sfar, 2010 (NR)

with Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Anna Mouglalis, Mylène Jampanoï, Sara Forestier, Kacey Mottet Klein, Razvan Vasilescu

Eric Elmosnino stars as Serge Gainsbourg in this foreign-language biopic about the life and career of the famed French singer-songwriter who, as a young Jew, survived the Nazi occupation of Paris and went on to create controversial music.

This is an interesting story of Serge Gainsbourg, with a fantastic view of his life, so it wouldn't be taken too seriously. Elmosnino plays convincingly that ugly man that every women were falling in love with. The cast of women is quite incredible, although I have to say that the two that really made a point were Anna Mouglalis as Juliette Gréco, and Laetitia Casta as Brigitte Bardot. Lucy Gordon looked like Jane Birkin but there was something off about her, maybe because she reminded me too much of her other character in Les Poupées Russes (Russian Dolls)... Anyway, it is a good recalling of the great songs of Gainsbourg, with an interesting reconstitution of the 50s to the 90s.

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