Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh has come to embody for many the quintessential tortured artist. Young, broke and unrecognised in his time, Van Gogh battled mental illness and poverty throughout his relatively short life, while creating thousands of vibrant paintings that would go on to change the course of modern art. Willem Dafoe, despite being almost twice the age of the artist at the time of his death, gives a compelling portrayal of the misunderstood visionary, who was ridiculed by his peers and the general public until the day he died. Dafoe was awarded the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival last September, where this film premiered.
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