Robert Altman

Vincent and Theo

Altman’s impressive account of Van Gogh’s final years compares and contrasts his life with that of his art-dealer brother.

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France-UK-Netherlands-Italy 1990
Dir Robert Altman
With Tim Roth, Paul Rhys, Johanna Ter Steege, Jean-Pierre Cassel
140min
35mm
Certificate 15

Written by Julian Mitchell, this covers the period from 1883, when Van Gogh (Roth) began painting full-time, to 1891, the year of his death and that of his art-dealer brother Theo (Rhys). The focus is on their close but troubled relationship, contrasting their very different lives while noting parallels in their personalities and passions. Fine performances and superb camerawork throughout.