AT ETERNITY’S GATE (Theatrical Release USA 2018)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.6|5.0 Starsìììì

At Eternity’s Gate—a WOW! film—distinguishes itself as an artistic work within itself as it slowly and quietly paints the life of Vincent van Gogh. Willem Defoe delivers an outstanding performance in his interpretation of van Gogh’s life. Just as van Gogh’s paintings uniquely capture a view of our world, this movie endeavors to match that unique view through its artistic delivery. Be aware that the movie progresses rather slowly and shows many, many scenes of van Gogh walking through landscapes looking for that which he will paint for the day. The film is complicated as was the artist’s life and often leaves the audience unsure of the path that will be chosen, but the flow on its canvas’ is so nicely done that it is as if one is strolling through life with the artist. Watch for a cameo appearance of Mads Mikkelsen.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Artist Van Gogh’s inspiration, life purpose, and life path receives thorough examination and explication.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Julian Schnabel for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Jon Kilik for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Vincent van Gogh (Willem Dafoe), Theo van Gogh (Rupert Friend), The Priest (Mads Mikkelsen), Dr. Paul Gachet (Mathieu Amalric), The Woman (Emmanuelle Seigner), Paul Gauguin (Oscar Isaac), Madman(Niels Arestrup), Doctor Felix Ray (Vladimir Consigny), Gaby (Stella Schnabel), Johanna van Gogh-Bonger (Amira Casar), The Director (Vincent Perez), Teacher (Anne Consigny), Artist Tambourin (Alexis Michalik), Girl on the Road (Lolita Chammah), Asylum Guard (Didier Jarre), and Aurier’s Article (Voice of Louis Garrel).

Buy a ticket
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Yes. The movie moves as many artists paint…with its own deliberateness that demands attention for its artistic presentation, definition of a life, and waits for the audience’s interpretation. An artistic effort that can be well received. 

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