Julian Schnabel’s ravishingly tactile and luminous new film takes a fresh look at the last days of Vincent van Gogh, and in the process revivifies our sense of the artist as a living, feeling human being.
Schnabel; his co-writers Jean-Claude Carrière and Louise Kugelberg, also the film’s editor; and cinematographer Benoît Delhomme strip everything down to essentials, fusing the sensual, the emotional, and the spiritual. And the pulsing heart of At Eternity’s Gate is Willem Dafoe’s shattering performance: his Vincent is at once lucid, mad, brilliant, helpless, defeated, and, finally, triumphant.
With Oscar Isaac as Gauguin, Rupert Friend as Theo, Mathieu Amalric as Dr. Gachet, Emmanuelle Seigner as Madame Ginoux, and Mads Mikkelsen as The Priest.
Golden Globe nominee for Best Actor - Willem Dafoe
★★★★★ "Eternity's Gate – visually and sonically – is an absolute feast of bold decisions and dizzyingly beautiful filmmaking." - Stuff
"The film's vision of van Gogh is honest and incisive and, at the same time, unabashedly romantic." - Variety
★★★★ "Willem Dafoe's magnificent performance captures every bit of the artist's complexity" - BBC
★★★★ "starring Willem Dafoe in a monumental, career-best performance that lets us feel we're living Van Gough's life and not just watching it." - Rolling Stone