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Julian Schnabel’s ravishingly tactile and luminous new film takes a fresh look at the last days of Vincent van Gogh, and in the process revivifies our sense of the artist as a living, feeling human being. The film strips everything down to essentials, fusing the sensual, the emotional, and the spiritual.
The pulsing heart of AT ETERNITY’S GATE is Willem Dafoe’s shattering performance: His Vincent is at once lucid, mad, brilliant, helpless, defeated, and, finally, triumphant.
“An unbridled portrait of the painful but productive final years in the life of Vincent van Gogh, a role inhabited with the acrid lucidity of madness by Willem Dafoe.” (Hollywood Reporter)