The Wolf At The Door

An unexceptional film about an exceptional man, this respectful but tame portrait of Paul Gauguin fails to capture the artistic and personal ferocity that prompted Edgar Degas to say of the French artist that he "painted like a wolf." The picture focuses on a short period in Gauguin's life (1893-94) when he returned to Paris from Tahiti ready to rock the...read more

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An unexceptional film about an exceptional man, this respectful but tame portrait of Paul Gauguin fails to capture the artistic and personal ferocity that prompted Edgar Degas to say of the French artist that he "painted like a wolf." The picture focuses on a short period in Gauguin's

life (1893-94) when he returned to Paris from Tahiti ready to rock the art world with his colorful, exotic paintings of native girls, only to be all but ignored. Gauguin (Donald Sutherland) appears as a stubborn iconoclast who also craves acceptance and companionship. At the center of the film is

the painter's relationship with four women: the stoic Danish wife he left behind with their children (Merete Voldstedlund); a former mistress with whom he has had a child (Fanny Bastien); a young Javanese model (Valerie Morea); and a pretty 14-year-old neighbor (Sofie Graboel) who reminds Gauguin

of his own daughter. Much is also made of Gauguin's friendship-rivalry with August Strindberg (Max von Sydow), their conversations taken from actual correspondence between the painter and the Swedish playwright. While director Henning Carlsen, working from a screenplay by playwright Christopher

Hampton (from the original script by Carlsen and Bunuel collaborator Jean-Claude Carriere), fails to infuse his film with the necessary passion, that doesn't stop Sutherland from delivering an extraordinary performance. In a weather-beaten straw hat and ratty jacket, Sutherland doesn't act the

role of Gauguin--he is possessed by it. He also receives excellent support from his costars (particularly the charming Graboel). Gauguin's life has been brought to the screen twice before by Hollywood--with Anthony Quinn playing him in an Oscar-winning performance opposite Kirk Douglas' Vincent

van Gogh in 1956's LUST FOR LIFE; and George Sanders essaying a thinly veiled Gauguin in THE MOON AND SIXPENCE, the 1942 adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's novel. In English.

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