Owen Gleiberman
August 31, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
122 minutes
performer
Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon
director
Joann Sfar
distributor
Music Box Films
author
Joann Sfar
genre
Drama, Biography

We gave it a B-

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. He’s not just a dead ringer for Gainsbourg (which is to say, he looks like a deeply serious elf with a touch of Nosferatu), he nails his sexy, disheveled poetic machismo. But Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is at once overly episodic and playfully arty, like a TV movie made by Fellini. B?

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