his feature-length painted animation — the first film of its kind — explores the life and unusual death of Vincent Van Gogh via depictions of his artworks. A year after the death of van Gogh, a postman gets his son, Armand, to hand deliver the artist’s final letter written to his now late brother, to some worthy recipient after multiple failed postal delivery attempts. Although disdainful of this seemingly pointless chore, Armand travels to Auvers-sure-Oise where a purported close companion to Vincent, Dr. Gachet, lives. Having to wait until the doctor returns from business, Armand meets many of the people of that village who not only knew Vincent, but were apparently also models and inspirations for his art. However, as Armond digs further, he comes to realize that Vincent’s troubled life is as much a matter of interpretation as his paintings.
Variety – “Brings a poetic sense of tragedy to the last act of van Gogh’s life, and fresh insight into the kind of man he was.”
NPR – “You will marvel at the art in this labor-intensive labor-of-love.”
The Washington Post – “Visually, it’s spectacular. Conceptually, it’s jaw-dropping to simply considering the effort that went into this. ”