June 1st, 2021

Loving Vincent

An year after the death of Vincent van Gogh, a postman hands over a letter to his son, which was written by Van Gogh to his brother Theo just before his death. Hoping to deliver the letter to the intended recipient, the son travels to the place where Van Gogh had spent his last days, and stays at the same inn where the great artist had lived that time. He interacts with various people in the village, trying to figure out if Van Gogh had really shot himself or not, and the reasons behind his action, if he had. Animation film Loving Vincent narrates this story, and it is a brilliant watch.

Every frame of this film is made out of real oil paintings - that is some 65000 paintings, developed by a team of artists. The paintings are made in the typical Van Gogh style, and it is amazing to see starry nights, village landscapes, expressions of people, etc. coming out so vividly through these paintings. Since each of the frames is handmade, the visuals have a very unique look and feel. Minor color changes between successive frames (and probably minor alignment errors) come out as constant movements even in the static scenes, making them look so vibrant. The way in which the couple of "zooming shots" and sequences involving fast movements are developed, the way partial reflection of images on transparent glass was shown in a very clever and skillful way in a few scenes - everything was so amusing and innovative.