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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 228137142
UPC: 736211214959
UPC 14: 00736211214959
Category Keywords: Biographical
Rating: NR
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Taking the best from La Vie En Rose and Amelie, renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar's Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a completely original take on one of Frances greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his beginnings as small time jazz musician and finally pop superstar. Along the way he romances many of the era's most beautiful women, including Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglalis), Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon). Employing a witty surrealistic style and a soundtrack that includes many of the musician?s greatest hits, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a quintessential time capsule to '60's Paris.

"Inventive and enjoyable...  Boston Globe
"...a lively bout between bio-pic and fairy tale.  The New Yorker
"...evocative and faithful...  Variety

Editor's Note
Director Joann Sfar's biopic SERGE GAINSBOURG, VIE HÉROÏQUE recounts the colorful life story of French chanteur and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg, known as much for his hugely outrageous antics in public as he was for his taboo-busting, often hilarious song lyrics and orchestrations. Eric Elmosino stars as the lead, while the late, tragic actress Lucy Gordon (SPIDER-MAN 3) co-stars as Gainsbourg's third wife, the actress-model Jane Birkin.


Video Features French, English

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Music Box Films
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/20/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 122 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00736211214959
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:

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Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Doug Jones
Video Cast Info Eric Elmosnino
Video Cast Info Lucy Gordon
Video Cast Info Laetitia Casta
Video Cast Info Anna Mouglalis
Video Cast Info Philippe Katerine - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Alice Carel - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Sara Forestier - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Mylène Jampanoï - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Deborah Grall - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Kacey Mottet Klein - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Angelo Debarre - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Ophelia Kolb - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Gregory Gadebois - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Le Quatuor - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Roger Mollien - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Razvan Vasilescu - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Francois Morel - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Philippe Duquesne - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Dinara Droukarova - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Yolande Moreau - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Claude Chabrol - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Joann Sfar - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Jerome Brezillon - Photography
Video Cast Info Guillaume Schiffman - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Serge Gainsbourg - Music Performer
Video Cast Info Daniel Sobrino - Sound
Video Cast Info Fabienne Bressan - Hairstylist
Video Cast Info Gill Robillard - Makeup
Video Cast Info David Marti - Special Effects
Video Cast Info Montse Ribe - Special Effects
Video Cast Info Yann Cuinet - Assistant Director
Video Cast Info Joann Sfar - Director


Cesar Awards (2011)
Video Award Name Eric Elmosnino, Winner, Best Actor
Video Award Name Joann Sfar, Winner, Best First Film

Tribeca Film Festival (2010)
Video Award Name Eric Elmosnino, Winner, Best Actor

Sacramento French Film Festival ( )
Video Award Name , Winner, Audience Award

Professional Reviews

Hollywood Reporter
"[T]he first half of the movie, in which we meet some of France's greatest postwar music hall stars such as Juliette Greco, Boris Vian and the Freres Jacques, is lively and interesting..." 02/01/2010

Hollywood Reporter
"Eric Elmosnino's impersonation of Gainsbourg in his drink-sodden progress from struggling painter to cabaret performer to aging proto-punk is a highly impressive piece of work." 02/01/2010

Sight and Sound
"[I]ts combination of realist narrative and poetic animation makes it both a touching biopic and an inspired musical." 08/01/2010

"Eric Elmosnino excels in the lead role. Not only does he look like Serge, but he carries himself with the impassive majesty of a silent movie star..." 07/23/2010

3 stars out of 5 -- "Eric Elmosnino miraculously nails Gainsbourg's louche, lupine suavity and beguiling vulnerability..." 01/07/2010

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Eric Elmosnino is startlingly convincing in the title role.." 02/01/2011

Los Angeles Times
"Unconventional, imaginative, nothing if not audacious....A portrait of creativity from the inside, a serious yet playful attempt to find an artistic way to tell an emotional truth." 09/02/2011

Entertainment Weekly
"There's one good reason to see this biopic of the French pop-cabaret songster Serge Gainsbourg, and that's its lead actor, Erik Elmosnino." 09/09/2011

Los Angeles Times 8 of 10
Unconventional, imaginative, nothing if not audacious, "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" is a portrait of creativity from the inside, a serious yet playful attempt to find an artistic way to tell an emotional truth. Though it's clearly on his side, "Gainsbourg" doesn't flinch when its subject goes deeper and deeper into alcoholism and bad behavior. Screenwriter Sfar's final word on his difficult, fascinating man is "I prefer his lies to his truth,' his dreams to his reality. It's not hard to see why. - Kenneth Turan

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
The movie unreels his musical biography with an unending series of tastes of songs and performances. You may be surprised by how many you recognize. Why was Gainsbourg a hero? The film leaves the question hanging. I am afraid it was only because, like Sinatra, he did it his way. Which no one can deny. - Roger Ebert

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