At Eternity's Gate

I have watched this movie once. This was on .


A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

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At Eternity's Gate


The beginning, with a mixture of native and English language, doesn’t really work well. The camera work didn’t fit my expectations of subject nor period. It is frantic and nauseating throughout. There is a weird and soft lens introduced later which becomes distracting. And towards the end there is a scene with repetitive audio and overlapping exposures.

The sound design is flat and bizarre in places; music cut off abruptly with dialogue or interrupted with comedic timing.

I understand the choices were made for artistic purposes, portraying what it feels like to be an artist and representing the struggle with mental illness. But the movie doesn’t explain any of this and unless you know a lot about the artist, it is too much of a disconnect.

I’d only recommend this if you’re a big fan of Vincent van Gogh. Personally I was really disappointed.