Van Gogh

Synopsis: In late spring, 1890, Vincent moves to Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris, under the care of Dr. Gachet, living in a humble inn. Fewer than 70 days later, Vincent dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. We see Vincent at work, painting landscapes and portraits. His brother Theo, wife Johanna, and their baby visit Auvers. Vincent is playful and charming, engaging the attentions of Gachet's daughter Marguerite (who's half Vincent's age), a young maid at the inn, Cathy a Parisian prostitute, and Johanna. Shortly before his death, Vincent visits Paris, quarrels with Theo, disparages his own art and accomplishments, dances at a brothel, and is warm then cold toward Marguerite.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Maurice Pialat
  2 wins & 12 nominations.
158 min

- Taking them?

- No.

Dr. Gachet's place?

He only gets here

on the 7 p.m. train.

- Know a cheap boarding house?

- Ravoux's.

That's the only one.

You needed the next stop.

Ravoux's closer to Auvers.

- Glass of wine?

- I don't drink.

Wait! Don't go like that.

No suitcase?

I'll store all this and go with you.

- You're no talker.

- I am

- What are you doing in Auvers?

- Nothing.

That's restful.

You're in Auvers for the air.

I'm the railroad company agent

in Chaponval.

Whole family's on the railroad.

Trains rocked me to sleep as a baby.

Dad was a station-master.

I couldn't pass the test.

There's Ravoux's.

If there's a vacancy,

she'll take you.

- But it's simple.

- I'm not picky.

Buddy here needs a place.

3.50 francs room and board,

drinks extra.

- I don't drink.

- He lives off his rotgut.

Want to see the room?

Bread and wine

Here you are. Clean.

Fresh sheets once a week.

You make your own bed.

A big closet for your stuff.

- A view on the sea?

- Lean out, you see the beach.

Pretty port.

Auvers-sur-Oise is a charming town.

Vessenots St.

There's Dr. Gachet.

Tightwad took a cab!

A hansom went trotting along


A hansom went

- Taking it?

- It's fine.

- Going to Gachet's?

- Yes, where is it?

- Vessenots St. And the bags?

- I'll send for them tomorrow.

Still the right hand

Change your pedal

Hold it

There! Then it shifts

Right hand


Let up on the note softly

Very good, Marguerite.

You have talent.

Too bad you stopped.

I stopped when mother died.

I'll resume it.

- I hope so.

- Marguerite!

Play Lakmfor me.

I can't play Lakm.

Play Lakm, Marguerite.

You won't play it?

It makes me cry.

I had a monkey named Lakm.

And? It's gone?

Dad put it in a zoo,

said it was too dirty.

- Let the teacher play it.

- No.

Odd, to love a monkey.

- It was always on me.

- They stink.

I bathed her every morning.

Like a baby.

Let's go on.

We'll do staccatos.

- You're a bit late.

- I took the 3 o'clock train.

I mean late in the season.

The lilac's going to leaf.

Come in.

Sit down.

I expected you in my office

in Paris.

I don't see patients here.

I have a note from my brother.

I'm not set up here.

We'll manage

with what's at hand.


- My drawers too?

- Keep them on.

Need a napkin, Dad?

Smells good. Stew?

- It's not for tonight.

- No, tomorrow.

Lie on the couch.

Sit on the table.

Stare at me.

Describe your fits.


They vary.

- Recall the strongest?

- The last one.

- How long ago?

- Nearly 3 months.

Time of day?

At night. 2 or 3 a.m.

I'd just fallen asleep.

- How long ago?

- Half an hour.

I woke with a raging headache.


There. I'd never felt such pain.

It lasted at least 20 minutes.

A cold compress helped a bit.

- Did it return?

- Not entirely.

Bearable. And now?

I have a steady dull ache.

Now and then it vanishes,

for a while.

No pain behind the eye?

Back of the neck?

Always on the side you showed me?

Yes, there.

I have others, like everyone,

but they're different.

How do you know?

Who's that guy?

I'm not kept informed.

A painter, I think.

That so?

Here for rest and treatment.

- Can't he rest here? We have room.

- Must I spell it out?

Great engraving. First printing.

See how the blacks stand out? Superb!

And the central figure

Remove him

and it's a routine picture.

But of course you know that!

It's by Meryon.

I'd like to have treated him.

He was really sick.

- Dad, I swiped some of your books.

- My son, Paul. "Coco" to us.

Do I inform your brother?

- What do I owe you?

- I'll settle it with him.

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Maurice Pialat

Maurice Pialat (French: [pjala]; 31 August 1925 – 11 January 2003) was a French film director, screenwriter and actor noted for the rigorous and unsentimental style of his films. His work is often described as being "realist", though many film critics acknowledge that it does not fit the traditional definition of realism. more…

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