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Set in 1890, At Eternity's Gate tells the story of Vincent van Gogh's (Willem Dafoe) stay in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, leading up to his tragic death.
Today, van Gogh is recognized as one of the greatest and most influential artists in history, but his prickly personality and mental illness prevented him from being accepted by his contemporaries in the art world of the late 1800s. The creative genius behind The Starry Night died a virtual unknown, having only sold one of his over 2,000 works during his lifetime.
Although At Eternity's Gate's screenplay is inspired by true events, the film is not a strict biopic. "The important thing is we're not doing an interpretation," Dafoe told The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the film's North American premiere at the New York Film Festival. "We're making something. We're making something that's more of an expressionist portrait."
The film co-stars Rupert Friend as van Gogh's brother Theo and Oscar Isaac as van Gogh's friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin. Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner also play key roles.
Read on to see how the cast compares to their historical counterparts.
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