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Vincent & Theo

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France, Netherlands, United Kingdom · 1990
Rated PG-13 · 2h 18m
Director Robert Altman
Starring Tim Roth, Paul Rhys, Adrian Brine, Jean-François Perrier
Genre Drama

The passionate and tragic story of Vincent van Gogh broadened by focusing as well on his devoted and despairing younger brother Theodore, who helped support Vincent. Based on the letters written between the two that reveal an immense and powerful love and yearning for the well-being of the other.

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San Francisco Chronicle by

The heart and the luminous intelligence of Vincent van Gogh are deadened in Robert Altman's coolly distanced Vincent and Theo. [16 Nov 1990, p.E13]


Empire by Angie Errigo

Beautifully presented but over-long and best appreciated if you already have an idea of van Gogh's life and work.


Boston Globe by Jay Carr

Vincent and Theo is one of the great Robert Altman films... It's Altman's most structurally conventional film, although it's filled with such trademarks as overlapping conversations. It's also his most personal and deeply felt. [16 Nov 1990, p.81]


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

Vincent & Theo looks and feels like a half-baked PBS drama, and at two hours and 20 minutes the movie is hopelessly plodding. Still, see it for Roth, whose warts-and-all portrait of Van Gogh is an offbeat triumph.


Los Angeles Times by Peter Rainer

It's a tortuous, unsatisfying movie, but it's not like any other film I've ever seen about an artist, and it has sequences of blinding intensity.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Altman's approach in Vincent & Theo is a very immediate, intimate one. He would rather show us things happening than provide themes and explanations. He is most concerned with the relationship that made the art possible.

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