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Final Portrait (15)

Biography, Comedy, Drama

The story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti.

The critical consensus

Sensibly dramatising a few representative days rather than Giacometti’s whole life, this may seem slight, but there’s a lot to dig into here — and Rush hasn’t had a showcase this good in years.

****(*)Andrew Lowry, Empire Online, 09/08/2017

What the film lacks is any sense of drama. Lord sits, Giacometti paints…and that’s about it.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 16/08/2017

Rush’s exuberant, ostentatious performance doesn’t leave much room for introspection, but it does tap into the way art, for good or ill, is sometimes an exercise in abandonment, making the film an exploration of the trauma involved in making peace with that fact.

Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 17/08/2017

Final Portrait grows repetitive and feels claustrophobic, as if filmed in studios rather than on location. But it is entertaining and there is ultimately a poignancy in an artist addicted to perfectionism.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 18/08/2017

Geoffrey Rush is overly whimsical but this drama about the Swiss artist gets the look just right.

***(*)(*)Jonathan Romney, The Observer, 20/08/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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