Geoffrey Rush is outstanding as the artist Alberto Giacometti in this amusing comedy about his efforts to paint a portrait of an old friend, played by Armie Hammer.
It is Paris in 1964 and Giacometti is a celebrated artist whose works are fetching extremely high prices. When he encounters his old friend, the American critic James Lord (Hammer), Giacometti asks him to sit for a portrait. Flattered, Lord agrees and changes his flight back home. But the chaos of Giacometti's studio and life takes over, from the large amounts of cash stashed in secret hiding places and constant arguments with his wife to a scandal involving his mistress. Giacometti, plagued by self-doubt, insists on frequent diversions, and Lord's flight is postponed again and again. Actor Stanley Tucci returns to the director's chair after Big Night (1996) and Blind Date (2007), and draws out fantastic performances in this comical and entertaining look at the unpredictable process of a genius.
Rush and Tucci create a captivating portrait of an artist who's at once elated, haunted, and utterly possessed… Final Portrait confirms that Stanley Tucci, who wrote and directed the film (adapting Lord's book on Giacometti), is the most modest yet nimble of moviemakers: a specialist in life-size portraiture, who finds the interior hum of drama in each and every moment. – Owen Gleiberman, Variety
Stanley Tucci has created a very amusing, astringent chamber piece of a movie, performed with sympathy and wit by Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer… It's a highly entertaining portrait of the two men, and Tucci's own directorial brush strokes are bold and invigorating. – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Gail Egan, Nik Bower, Ilann Girard, Robbie Leacock
Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Cleménce Poésy
Distributor: Transmission Films