it’s pretty obvious from the beginning that this is an arty film. The super-shonky hand held footage that makes up the first country scenes we see Van Gogh in make that clear.
However, this movie is surprisingly absorbing for all that arty pretension. We see a reasonably linear narrative from Paris to the south of France and so on to Arles and st remy. The cinematography seems to help give an insight into Van Gogh’s mental state. The drama is suitably real-life. Nothing overblown, just right. Willem Dafoe is compelling as Van Gogh.
While there are weird things throughout, Van Gogh’s death in this movie is perhaps the oddest. Saying nothing more about it.
This is a long, arty, yet fascinating movie. Worth watching.