A blistering unsentimental portrait of the great Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh Robert Altmans VINCENT AND THEO focuses on the deeply neurotic relationship between the unstable impoverished Vincent (Tim Roth) and his art dealer brother Theo (Paul Rhys). Specifically the film investigates the role Theo played in providing the normality and connection to the outer world that Vincent lacked--while Vincent in turn acted as the living embodiment of Theos unfulfilled artistic aspirations. In the end Theos inability to secure his brothers financial independence and help him achieve a sense of self-worth by selling his paintings caused him a misery almost as profound as Vincents. As the introverted Vincent Roth delivers an intensely passionate performance and Rhys is just as moving as the more reserved Theo. Altman chooses to concentrate on the artist himself likely providing a deeper insight into the individual than scenes of him painting ever could. VINCENT AND THEO remains an unflinching and powerful interpretation of the life of one of the worlds most famous artists.
The South Bank Show - Robert Altman on Creating Vincent and Theo
Release Date: 10 September 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 200 minutes
Production Year: 1990
Main Language: English