Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

2010, Movie, 136 mins

A movie that embraces cheekiness, irony, and even wacky surrealism would seem like a fitting tribute to the French rock star, songwriter, and all-around provocateur Serge Gainsbourg, and that’s just what Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life delivers. Based on director Joann Sfar’s own graphic novel, the film tells Gainsbourg’s story, from a childhood spent enduring piano lessons and fleeing Nazis as a Jew in late-’30s Paris to his latter-day career exploring reggae and alcoholism in late-’70s Jamaica. All the while, the hero is followed by an animated/costumed/puppetted caricature of himself that he calls “his Mug.” Inspired partly by his own face and partly by the anti-...
Released: 2010 Rated: n/a Length: 136 mins

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