Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)
Serge Gainsbourg: You match my aesthetic criteria. You’re pure beauty and you’re also the tragic figure of despair.
Serge Gainsbourg: Do you understand what I’m saying?
Bambou: You want to screw me?
Serge Gainsbourg: Maybe. I’m just saying it more poetically.
What makes this bio-pic of Serge Gainsbourg so great is that the whole film is wrapped up in the surreal. Directed by Joann Sfar, adapted from his own graphic novel, Gainsbourg’s goes through life interacting with a caricature of himself (performed by costume creature expert Doug Jones)… his best and worst aspects personified into a meddling invisible friend, arguing with him over how to live his life, what directions to go, what to pursue, how to pursue it, what relationships are worth destroying…etc.
Without this creative spin (including other uses of puppets, cartoons & special effects) the film would’ve been just another story of a super ego’d musician rising to fame, living in excess, and then falling into a pit of self destruction… but In french! So… good call on that one Joann Sfar.