Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

As part of their continuing effort to educate their readers in the art of seducing women, Esquire Magazine recently enlisted the help of Sara Forestier, French Woman, to offer some adviceLes Françaises, according to her, like fakers… they like their men to be faux-romantic and faux-ugly. Like Serge Gainsbourg, who let’s face it, was not particularly attractive and yet was the ultimate sex symbol in France, seducing gorgeous French actresses like Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve. While I’m pretty sure Sara never had any personal experience with faux-ugly Serge (she was just 5 years old when he died,) she did recently star in a movie about his life. Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life came out a while back in France and has finally made its way to the District, where it will open at art house independent theater WestEnd Cinema this Friday, October 14th.   

I wrote about the film in a previous post, so I don’t want to repeat myself too much. Serge Gainsbourg had an enormous impact on French music and even society. He’s been dead since 1991, so I didn’t really live through his years of successes and scandals, but his legacy is hard to avoid. In Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, director Joann Sfar draws on his background as an comic book artist and animator to allow audiences to get a glimpse into Gainsbare‘s complex personality. Using a mix of fantasy, animation and artwork, he emphasizes the singer-songwriter’s tormented self-image, exposing his faux-confidence and contrasting how attractive he was to so many women to how un-attractive he appeared to himself. Eric Elmosnino, the young actor who portrays l’homme a la tête de chou  delivers a stand-out performance, bringing the myth, the legend of Gainsbourg into a relatable figure that audiences, French or not, can relate to. If you’re interested in checking out the movie at WestEnd Cinema, I’m giving away a pair of tickets to be used at any screening between Monday october 17th and Thursday october 20th. To enter, just comment below with your favourite Serge Gainsbourg tune. And no, picking the song I was named after will not help your chances. The winner will be picked randomly by noon on Friday 😉 

16 thoughts on “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

  1. I agree with Sara and her idea of faux! Like his song “Des Laids Des Laids”.

    Did you know he wrote for Vanessa Paradis and France Gall?


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