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 (Eric Elmosnino). 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 (Anna Mouglalis), Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon). 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 '60's Paris.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
There's one good reason to see this biopic of the French pop-cabaret songster Serge Gainsbourg, and that's its lead actor, Erik Elmosnino.Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 08.31.2011
Unconventional, imaginative, nothing if not audacious, "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" is a portrait of creativity from the inside, a serious yet playful attempt to find an artistic way to tell an emotional truth.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 09.01.2011
Beyond its fantasy elements, Sfar's film doesn't color outside the lines as much as he might like us to think.Ian Buckwalter, NPR, 08.31.2011
A lively bout between bio-pic and fairy tale.Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 09.06.2011