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Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti(Gauguin : Voyage de Tahiti)

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France · 2017
1h 37m
Director Édouard Deluc
Starring Vincent Cassel, Tuheï Adams, Malik Zidi, Pua-Taï Hikutini
Genre Drama, Romance

In 1891, French painter Paul Gauguin is desperate to leave stifling Paris behind and settle somewhere that will re-inspire him. Having left his wife and children in France, he travels alone to Tahiti, where he will experience poverty, illness, artistry, and the love of a lifetime.

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Slant Magazine by

Gauguin represents for the film no less an ideal Romantic subject than the Polynesians represented for the painter himself: penniless, chronically ill, and living in self-imposed isolation—the very embodiment of the suffering artist.


The Hollywood Reporter by Boyd van Hoeij

What keeps the material from feeling too scattershot is the vitality of Cassel’s performance, which is full of life even when he’s not always in the best of health. He’s a much-needed charismatic center that almost manages to keep the entire enterprise together.


Los Angeles Times by Gary Goldstein

The film takes liberties with certain truths about Gauguin and his time in the tropics, yet despite — or maybe because of — its concoctions manages to produce a highly compelling central character.


Observer by Rex Reed

The film has beautiful cinematography and occasional peaks of high drama, but lacks the kind of significant tempo necessary to sustain enough interest for nearly two hours to keep a viewer focused.

50 by Sheila O'Malley

The film is beautiful in spots, and features a believably tormented performance by Vincent Cassel as Gauguin, but unfortunately it has only a hazy idea of what it wants to be about.


Village Voice by Simon Abrams

Cassel’s Gauguin may ultimately be a lightweight cinematic descendant of the monstrous European pioneers that Klaus Kinski played in Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, but he’s also both menacing and pitiable enough to make Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti riveting on a moment-to-moment basis.

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