It's not a pretty picture, but Francis Bacon -- the late British painter who depicted the human form as distorted lumps of flesh, tooth, bone and gristle -- was never very interested in pretty. In a brilliant, stylistic tour de force, writer-director
John Maybury offers a scathing portrait of the tormented artist, designed in the style of Bacon's own grotesque visions. The film focuses on Bacon's life during the 1960s and the years he spent with George Dyer, an ex-con who served as model, lover and deeply troubled muse. Francis (Derek Jacobi,
bearing a striking resemblance to the real-life Bacon) first meets George (Daniel Craig) when the would-be burglar comes tum...