Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) stars as the titular post-Impressionist artist in his first sojourn in Tahiti, far from the moral codes of "civilized" Europe, where he falls for a local woman and sets into motion the colorful canvasses of island scenes that became his signature work.
"But even so, the strikingly shot feature, a veritable shallow-focus feast, tries to explore a vast array of topics, including but certainly not limited to nature, colonialism, religion, sexuality and art." Boyd van Hoeij - The Hollywood Reporter
You can take the boy out of France, but you can't take French 19th century hidebound morality out of the boy—even when that boy is Paul Gauguin, and even when he's traveling to the other side of the globe to try to leave it behind for the sake of his art. Edouard Deluc's biopic covers the painter's (Vincent Cassel, Black Swan) first sojourn (1891–93) in Tahiti, where his colorful canvasses of island scenes became his signature works and modernist landmarks in art history. At first, it's just the paradise he sought: verdant hills, sparkling pools, welcoming natives, daily life of Edenic serenity (though while food may grow on trees, art supplies sure don't). Gauguin falls in with a Tahitian woman, Tehura (Tuhei Adams), who after the briefest and simplest betrothal in cinema history becomes his muse—but is she later making eyes at the hunky dude who's studying woodcarving with him? There's a very grim humor to the way the last 15 minutes of the film replicates the first: Trapped in bourgeois domesticity with a dissatisfied wife and art that fails to sell (while conventionally unimaginative stuff flies off the shelf, or rather, out of the village market stall), escape is the only option.
Since 1997 Edouard Deluc has directed several short films, music videos, and commercials. His short film Donde Esta Kim Basinger? (2009) won the Grand Prix at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and was nominated for a Cesar Award in 2010. Gauguin is his first feature.
Sponsored by Alliance Francaise de Seattle, The French American School of Puget Sound, French Immersion School of WA
- Original Language Title: Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti
- Director: Edouard Deluc
- Principal Cast: Vincent Cassel, Malik Zidi, Marc Barbe, Samuel Jouy, Tuheï Adams
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: France
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 102 minutes
- Producer: Bruno Levy
- Screenplay: Thomas Lilti, Etienne Comar
- Cinematographers: Pierre Cottereau
- Editors: Guerric Catala
- Music: Warren Ellis
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Welcome to Argentina (2012)
- Language: French, Polynesian
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Cohen Media
- International Sales: Studiocanal