In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, American writer and art-lover James Lord (Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name) is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush, Shakespeare in Love), to sit for a portrait.
“Rush and Tucci create a captivating portrait of an artist who’s at once elated, haunted and utterly possessed.”- Owen Gleiberman, Variety
The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days. Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees—ultimately wondering “how much longer can it go on like this?” So begins not only the story of a touching and offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, a uniquely revealing insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process. Final Portrait, written and directed by Stanley Tucci (Big Night), adapted from James Lord’s memoir, A Giacometti Portrait, is a bewitching portrait of a genius, and of a friendship between two men who are utterly different, yet increasingly bonded through a single, ever-evolving act of creativity. It is a film which shines a light on the artistic process itself, by turns exhilarating, exasperating and bewildering, questioning whether the gift of a great artist is a blessing or a curse. Also starring Tony Shalhoub, Sylvie Testud and Clémence Poésy. (Dir. by Stanley Tucci, 2017, UK, in English/French/Italian with English subtitles, 90 mins., Rated R)
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