James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
AT ETERNITY'S GATE (15)
D: Julian Schnabel
Curzon Artificial Eye/Riverstone/SPK/Rocket Science/Rahway Road/Iconoclast (Jon Kilik)
France/UK/US 🇫🇷🇬🇧🇺🇸 2018
W: Jean-Claude Carriere, Louise Kugelberg & Julian Schnabel
DP: Benoît Delhomme
Ed: Louise Kugelberg & Julian Schnabel
Mus: Tatiana Lisovskaya
Willem Dafoe (Vincent Van Gogh), Rupert Friend (Theo Van Gogh), Oscar Isaac (Paul Gauguin), Emmanuelle Seigner (Madame Ginoux), Mads Mikkelsen (The Priest)
Willem Dafoe delivers an excellent performance as Vincent Van Gogh in this biographical fantasia, but I have to admit that director Julian Schabel's presentation was a little too arty-farty for my liking.
The plot originates from a theory that Van Gogh's death was caused by his own deviant lifestyle, rather than suicide and explores this as the troubled artist struggles with his art and recognition for it, musing that his work is ahead of its time.
Pretentious dross for the most part, but Dafoe's performance is captivating enough to give the film enough interest throughout its running time.