Video Review

Vincent & Theo (1991)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
B

Details Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Biography, Drama; With: Paul Rhys and Tim Roth; Distributor: Hemdale Home Video

Robert Altman's Vincent & Theo wastes no time delivering its howl of rage at a hypocritical world: After opening on a Christie's auction where van Gogh's ''Sunflowers'' sells for $22.5 million, Altman cuts to the disheveled Vincent (Tim Roth) in a dim hovel fuming at his brother and benefactor, Theo (Paul Rhys), and renouncing his own calling as Christian evangelist to be a painter of ''real life.'' Altman (M*A*S*H, Nashville) has crafted a gorgeous movie, and as a re-creation of brutally tragic lives Vincent & Theo is superb. But as narrative cinema, it is a 140-minute descent into inevitable, unenviable despair. At the end we are not so much enlightened as relieved that Vincent's suffering is at last over. B

Originally posted Oct 18, 1991 Published in issue #88 Oct 18, 1991 Order article reprints