The Wolf at the Door (1986)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature]  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Denmark, France  |   MPAA Rating - R
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This drama looks into the life of French painter Paul Gauguin. Donald Sutherland plays Gauguin as he struggles through a few years in the 1890s in Montmartre after he has come back from his first stay in Tahiti. His new and radical painting style is not amenable to easy acceptance, as witnessed by August Strindberg's rejection of it here. The best segments of this film show the artist at work and talking with his friends, other less successful moments show him in amorous liaisons or in one case, in a fight sequence. Most of all, his dedication to his artistic vision as well as the depth of his personality are elements which maintain interest throughout, in a large part due to Sutherland's insightful portrayal of the artist.

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artist, lover, painting, Parisian, Tahiti, wife