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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The postmaster's insistence that the letter be properly delivered shows dedication and respect not only to his job, but also to the recipient of the letter.
Positive Role Models
The main character, while still somewhat sympathetic and appealing, is frequently rude and drunk.
Violence & Scariness
Fistfights. Arguing. Blood stains. Talk of whether a man committed suicide (shooting himself) or was murdered.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A character is said to have contracted syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease. In the background of a scene, a prostitute has sex with a client; some noises heard. Cleavage.
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"D--k," "idiot," "Nancy boy," "damn," "whore."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters often drink to excess, leading to irresponsible actions and severe hangovers. Some pipe smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Loving Vincent is a murder mystery that follows the death of painter Vincent Van Gogh. It's animated in a unique style: It was reportedly entirely hand-painted, with more than 100 artists creating more than 60,000 frames over some seven years. The result is often breathtaking, and though the movie's mix of styles doesn't always click with its pulpy story, it's still recommended for art lovers. Expect discussions of murder, suicide, and gunshot wounds; there's also fighting, blood stains, and arguing. Language is infrequent, with a few uses of "d--k," "damn," "whore," etc. A sexually transmitted disease is mentioned, and a a scene includes sex in the background between a prostitute and her client (some noises heard). Characters drink often and heavily, leading to poor decisions and raging hangovers. Smoking is shown. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Reportedly the first fully painted animated film in history, this seven-years-in-the-making effort is often breathtakingly beautiful. And, truth be told, if you're going to make a movie about Van Gogh, why not make it in beautiful paintings? Loving Vincent is based on the actual people who sat for Van Gogh's works, complete with their clothing and poses, and when the movie re-creates an actual portrait or a landscape, it's awe-inspiring.
But things get more troublesome when the movie includes dialogue between characters; the animation in these sequences is done with rotoscoping (similar to the technique used in Richard Linklater's Waking Life), and the style is less appealing -- it doesn't quite match. Not to mention that these end up being pretty basic scenes of two heads talking. And while the story works as a pulp mystery that's somewhat based on real events, it also feels a little slight for the incredible artistry that went into the filmmaking. That said, while its elements might not all click precisely into place, Loving Vincent is still a very entertaining and gorgeous movie, and it could inspire viewers to look further into Van Gogh's real-life output.
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