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Final Portrait

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
© Parisa Taghizadeh

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Director Stanley Tucci paints an intimate picture of artist Alberto Giacometti, beautifully played by Geoffrey Rush

Geoffrey Rush shines in this elegant drama about the artist Alberto Giacometti, which bypasses the usual dullness of artist biopics by zeroing in on a week or so in 1964. Based on real events, it’s the story of how Giacometti, then 63, invited a young American writer friend, James Lord (Armie Hammer), to sit for him. 

The portrait will take a couple of hours, an afternoon at the most, Giacometti promises. A week later, he is in tortured-genius mode, agonising over every brushstroke. Rush’s lived-in performance of the cantankerous, hard-drinking, chain-smoking artist, rumpled in a dirty tweed jacket, is a real treat; and Giacometti’s paint-splattered studio has been beautifully recreated using old photographs.

Written by
Cath Clarke

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 18 August 2017
  • Duration:90 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Stanley Tucci
  • Cast:
    • Geoffrey Rush
    • Armie Hammer
    • Clémence Poésy
    • Sylvie Testud
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