Gauguin – Voyage de Tahiti

Directed by Edourd Deluc, Gauguin is a biopic dramatisation of the life of one of the world’s most influential post-impressionist painters, Paul Gauguin.

Filmed on location and intense with colour, the film explores the painter’s tumultuous life during his first trip to French Polynesia and the conditions when some of his early works were created.

Fleeing a constricted bourgeois society, Gauguin abandoned his friends, wife and children in 1891 to pursue his art in the far off paradise.

One of the strongest elements of the film is its teasing out some of the more complex and layered aspects of Gaugin’s personality and shows him as being both victim to and exploiter of colonial presence in Tahiti.

A powerful performance by Vincent Cassel as Gauguin, highlights complex and often dark bewildering behavior while giving credibility to the nature of an artist breaking new ground.

The inclusion of the colonial medical doctor (Malik Zidi) attests to his care and support of Gauguin during ill health (and to whom many paintings were entrusted).

Gauguin’s young lover and muse, the beautiful Tehura (Tuhei Adams) hinges the whole film together. Her presence in the film is critical, however in reality her role in Gauguin’s life remains enigmatic and perhaps questionable.

Details: 29th French Film Festival I Palace Centro and Barracks Cinemas Brisbane | 8 March – 4 April 2018