Willem Dafoe’s Academy Award®-nominated performance as Vincent van Gogh highlights this Julian Schnabel film that journeys inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule, and illness, created some of the world's most beloved and stunning works of art. This is not a forensic biography, but rather scenes based on the artist’s letters, common agreement about events in his life that have been presented as facts, hearsay, and moments that are just plain invented.
. Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him.. At Eternity's Gate Wiki
This was not an easy film to physically watch, poor camera effects, jumpy and by then end I had to close my eyes because they actually hurt. It could have been done so much better, I hated it honestly, and I love the actors.
Absolutely stunning and inspiring
I'm sorry but this is really not that good. A fan of both Dafoe and Julian Schnabel and this was a 2 hr student film at best.
Gave you a look through Van Gogh’s eyes. Not everyone is intelligent enough to appreciate it.
A film filled with empathy for a fragile man who simply couldn't breathe without his art. The cinematography is unlike anything I've ever seen before; it transports us into Van Gogh's very own shoes as he stumbles through a human world that regects him and pushes him to find refuge in nature. The film is like a constant series of moving and eratic brushstrokes, which amazingly don't feel destabilizing or shaky... it just transports any willing viewer.
We watched this film and having been so captivated by William Defoe’s performance we watched it again just after. We will watch it many more times. I find it impossible to be continuously engaged, but my attention never waned. This movie moved us to another dimension. We are reminded of the beauty and legacy that one person can give to us all—well over 100 years later. Joy. Love. Pain. Humanity. Nature. Beauty. Art. Hope. We are equally reminded of the critical importance of the contributions and love of family and friends (in this case in Van Gogh’s brother). A beautiful and authentic performance of a lifetime by Dafoe plus the brilliant eye of Schnabel and impressive cinematography.
Gorgeous in part, with a color scheme that is almost as marvelous as the man's art. Some of Schnabel's techniques are a tad pretentious, but the performances are bold, and the script, though sparce, does, along with the claustrophbic camerawork, put you in the man's head-space. The ending comes as a confusing, somewhat rushed affair, with an even more confusing postscript. The series of vignettes that constitute the structure of the film are, unfortunately, hit and miss. Worth a watch nevertheless.
Willem Dafoe is Dabomb. 💥