Gainsbourg

Sunday, September 25 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Gainsbourg

JOY REVIEW

This has been a very successful movie in France. It won Best First Film, Caesar, and Best Actor for Eric Lelmosnino. It is based on a real person, whom I did not know, Serge Gainsbourg, who is a French pop singer. The first part of this movie I really loved, which follows him as a young boy during the Nazi occupation of Paris. He is going down the street singing La Marseilles and wants to be the first in his neighborhood to get the yellow star and a little girl won’t hold his hand because she says he is too ugly. Now, the kid is terrific in this, and the idea is that Serge is haunted his whole life by his alter ego, Ugly Face, who is kind of a jester who is always there to make him unhappy and remember his insecurities. Apparently, this is a guy who had affairs with Bridget Bardot and some very famous women at the time: Jane Birkin, Juliet Greco, etc. It is a very surrealistic film in that it combines traditional acting with this odd kind of figure in the background. The first half worked significantly better than the second half, because the boy being haunted by kind of monsters of his alter ego works much better in some ways than for a man. But, it is an amazing performance, and it is also a musical; yes he does indeed break into song. So, if you are looking for something a little bit off beat, you may enjoy it.  This was somebody I knew nothing about, but it sort of makes you a little bit curious about him and maybe you too will want to find out a little bit more about him. So, I give it three stars.

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