Gainsbourg (France, 2009)

  • Gainsbourg (France, 2009)
  • World Movies admin
  • April 4, 2016

Meet the French womaniser and writer of the infamously sexy duet ‚ÄòJe’taime’, Serge Gainsbourg, in this kooky biopic. Bringing together fantastic performances, 1960’s Paris, and even puppetry, debut director and acclaimed graphic novelist Joann Sfar creates the touching and evocative story of a conflicted musician. Eric Elmosnino delivers a memorable performance as Gainsbourg, who is stalked by an alter-ego that serves as part caricature and part self-portrait, in an ingenious expression of how the complicated singer/songwriter perceived himself.

The film opens during World War II as a young Gainsbourg – the child of Russian Jewish parents – negotiates the terrors of Nazi-occupied Paris. We then discover Gainsbourg as a rising young star and magnetic womaniser who charms a married Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) and eventually weds Jane Birkin and fathers actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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