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GAINSBOURG, JE T'AIME... MOI NON PLUS

TFF 2010 Directed by Joann Sfar
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE GAINSBOURG, JE T'AIME... MOI NON PLUS [TFF 2010]

Best-selling comic book artist Joann Sfar delivers a fascinating biography of famed French singer Serge Gainsbourg with his impressive debut Gainsbourg, Je t'Aime... Moi Non Plus. Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Gainsbourg was lastingly impacted by his childhood in Nazi-occupied France. Sfar gives a glimpse to what is to come by introducing a massive anti-Semitic caricature puppet that chases the young Gainsbourg through the street. From there, Sfar depicts Gainsbourg's rise to fame and his proclivity to drinking and women—including his affair with Brigitte Bardot (perfectly cast Laetitia Casta) and marriage to Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon).

Creating anything but a basic biopic, Sfar envelopes Gainsbourg's story with a unique and surrealistic style, incorporating such devices as puppets and cartoons to punctuate the incredible life of the man that gave the world songs such as "Bonnie and Clyde" and the scandalous "Je t'aime… moi non plus." Sfar's fantastical elements and sumptuous cinematography by Guillaume Schiffman give an added dimension to Gainsbourg's turbulent life, and Eric Elmosnino's uncanny resemblance and immersive performance may make you forget you're not watching Gainsbourg himself.

Interests
Drama, Music

Best-selling comic book artist Joann Sfar delivers a fascinating biography of famed French singer Serge Gainsbourg with his impressive debut Gainsbourg, Je t'Aime... Moi Non Plus. Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Gainsbourg was lastingly impacted by his childhood in Nazi-occupied France. Sfar gives a glimpse to what is to come by introducing a massive anti-Semitic caricature puppet that chases the young Gainsbourg through the street. From there, Sfar depicts Gainsbourg's rise to fame and his proclivity to drinking and women—including his affair with Brigitte Bardot (perfectly cast Laetitia Casta) and marriage to Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon).

Creating anything but a basic biopic, Sfar envelopes Gainsbourg's story with a unique and surrealistic style, incorporating such devices as puppets and cartoons to punctuate the incredible life of the man that gave the world songs such as "Bonnie and Clyde" and the scandalous "Je t'aime… moi non plus." Sfar's fantastical elements and sumptuous cinematography by Guillaume Schiffman give an added dimension to Gainsbourg's turbulent life, and Eric Elmosnino's uncanny resemblance and immersive performance may make you forget you're not watching Gainsbourg himself.

Film Information
Year: 2009
Length: 136 minutes
Language: French
Country: France
Premiere: North American
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Anna Mouglalis, Mylene Jampanoi
Director: Joann Sfar
Screenwriter: Joann Sfar
Producers: Marc du Pontavice, Didier Lupfer
Executive Producer: Matthew Gledhill
First assistant director: Yan Cuinet
Script: Isabel Ribis
Contacts

Director's Agent
(none)
One World Film
Paris, 75010
Phone: +33 1 40 18 72 00

Director
Joann Sfar
Paris, 75010
Phone: 33 1 40 18 72 00

Director's Agent
(none)
One World Film
Paris, 75010
Phone: +33 1 40 18 72 00

Director
Joann Sfar
Paris, 75010
Phone: 33 1 40 18 72 00

Special Note

Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film Eric Elmosnino as Serge Gainsbourg. See the other Award Winners.

About the Director(s)
Joann Sfar studied philosophy and linguistics in France before becoming one of the leaders of the new wave of comic book art. He has signed more than 150 comic book albums, several novels, and animated films. In 2006 he received an Eisner Award for The Rabbi's Cat. Gainsbourg is his first feature film.

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