Douglas Booth

Mystery of Van Gogh explored in visually distinctive, hand-painted animation in 'Loving Vincent'

Mystery of Van Gogh explored in visually distinctive, hand-painted animation in 'Loving Vincent'

A certain biographical shorthand has congealed around Vincent Van Gogh: his genius, madness, self-mutilation and suicide. Delving into what some consider mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman have created a detective story with “Loving Vincent.” Their speculative narrative attempts to penetrate the myth of Van Gogh, but it’s their inspired visual approach that brings him to life.

The rotoscoping of live-action performances will be familiar to anyone who has seen “Waking Life” or “A Scanner Darkly,” but “Loving Vincent” takes that process many painstaking steps beyond the usual. The first animated feature made entirely of painted...

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