ART/FILM/VIFF: Loving Vincent

I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.

This anticipated animated film about Vincent Van Gogh was a real story telling treat.  What’s so amazing about this film is that it is entirely hand painted with Van Gogh’s paintings serving as the backdrop for each frame.  In fact, it is the very first fully painted feature which took seven years to complete.  It’s visually astonishing!

The story takes place in the French village of Arles (a place I visited with my husband where we sat in the famous Terrasse du café le soir.  Yes; that one!

The son of a local postmaster goes around hunting for clues as to why the painter took his own life. There were conflicting reports as to whether he actually committed suicide. The question is really why Vincent went from a complacent quiet man to someone who would take his own life in a matter of weeks.  A look into a complicated, talented but tortured soul.  Sad that in his lifetime he sold only one of his fine works.  Can you imagine?

He saw beauty in the tiniest of objects and in things that most people would deem insignificant.  A man of true genius.

I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.”

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream – Vincent Van Gogh

Your dream came true, it’s just too bad that you were not around to realize it. 

How people all around the world admire your work and can only dream of owning a piece of you!

Please visit: to find out more and how to purchase tickets.  The Film Fest runs until October 13th






Film: Seduction/Secrets – The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden was my chosen last film to see from VIFF.  It was an intriguing change from all the other selections.handmaiden5It’s an erotic thriller with many a twist and turn.  I can only imagine what the men in the audience must have been thinking in a few of the scenes….given what I believe men like to envision.  But it was much more than that.  Beautifully directed from acclaimed writer-director Park Chan-Wook who is considered the King of Korean cinema.  His first English language film was Stoker starring Nicole Kidman.handmaiden3

Synopsis: with help from an orphaned pickpocket (Kim Tae-ri), a Korean con man (Ha Jung-woo) devises an intricate plot to seduce and bamboozle a wealthy, innocuous young Japanese woman (Kim Min-hee) out of her inheritance.  The woman lives on a large secluded estate and the Korean pickpocket is hired to serve as her new handmaiden.  But who is really fooling who here?

This movie was inspired by Welsh author Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith; with the setting changed from Victorian era to Korea under Japanese colonial rule.handmaiden2

It was a captivating piece of work.


The film festival has formally ended but extra screenings of some of the more popular films will play in select theatres over the next several days.  To find out more please visit: