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also known as Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life2010

  • 3.9
Taking the best from LA VIE EN ROSE and AMELIE, renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar's GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE is a completely original take on one of France's greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg. Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his beginnings as small time jazz musician and finally pop superstar. Along the way he romances many of the era's most beautiful women, including Juliette Greco, Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin. Employing a witty surrealistic style and a soundtrack that includes many of the musician's greatest hits, GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE is a quintessential time capsule to 1960's Paris.

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I've never heard of Gainsbourg, but no matter; this is a brilliant Brechtian film, from the opening credits on, the acting wonderful, even the costumed alter-ego. And Kasey Mottet Klein was a perfect choice for the boy; he's a born actor.

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I've never heard of Gainsbourg, but no matter; this is a brilliant Brechtian film, from the opening credits on, the acting wonderful, even the costumed alter-ego. And Kasey Mottet Klein was a perfect choice for the boy; he's a born actor.

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An excellent, surreal, imagistic fictionalized account of the life of French singer and composer Serge Gainsbourg. Rich, thought-and-feeling-provoking, and original.

I found this film enjoyable. I was surprised by the imagination and surrealism the film contained. I think it is a fitting transformation of the life of Gainsbourg. I think Gainsbourg would like this film I like his music a lot too.

Great fun! Life on your own terms! Must see!

The one movie that rightfully deserves to be called underrated.