View Full Version : Gainsbourg By Gainsbourg: An Intimate Self Portrait

Ian Jane
08-28-2012, 10:58 AM
I didn't even realize this has started screening yet but there's a review up for it at Twitch here (http://twitchfilm.com/reviews/2012/08/jimff-2012-review---gainsbourg-by-gainsbourg-an-intimate-self-portrait.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TwitchEverything+%28Twitch%29 ).

"My fear was that he is a towering figure, a versatile musician with an enigmatic persona: how does one adumbrate his life and work in a mere 100 minutes? There was no doubt in my mind that the music would be up to par (as it would be his) and that I could expect a number of interesting anecdotes coupled with footage and audio of the great man himself outside of his recorded oeuvre. What did nag at me was that I could scarcely imagine how the film could live up to the man.

I am very happy to report that the film just about pulled off that feat. It is introspective, romantic, scandalous and sometime impenetrable, just like the man himself. Indeed, as the title suggest, this documentary acts is like a self-portrait. Granted it is something of a misnomer as the man has been dead for just over 20 years but it never feels like anybody else's film, it is a moving and permeable document. Spontaneous and philosophical, it reveals the layers beneath the surface without ever leading us to conclusions."

More at the link above. This sounds excellent.


Ian Jane
08-28-2012, 10:59 AM
Trailer for it here:


Ian Jane
09-29-2015, 09:37 AM