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Final Portrait

  • Starring: Armie Hammer, Geoffrey Rush, James Faulkner
  • Director: Stanley Tucci
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 90 min.

Final Portrait is the story of the touching and offbeat friendship between American writer and art-lover James Lord and Alberto Giacometti, as seen through Lord’s eyes and revealing unique insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and sometimes the chaos of the artistic process. Set in 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, Lord is asked by his friend, Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. The process, promises Giacometti, will take only a few days and so Lord agrees — ultimately wondering “how much longer can it go on like this?” [Sony Pictures Classics]

"Rush is a wonder. It takes bravery to convey closure, tunnel vision, total indifference to the camera that actors always know is there, however self-effacing they might want to be appear. Final Portrait is, like Rush’s performance, a miniature, but there’s a fullness to Tucci’s vision transcending every surface. "
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"Rush and Tucci create a captivating portrait of an artist who’s at once elated, haunted, and utterly possessed. "
- Owen Gleiberman, Variety
"With its de-saturated grays and layered textures, Final Portrait itself is like a still portrait of Giacometti. You, as the viewer, are lucky just to get to spend time with these men during twenty or so days in their lives, privileged to be allowed inside Giacometti’s studio, watching the painting come together. "
- Dana Schwartz, Entertainment Weekly
"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
"You get caught up in the way Tucci lets a round lamp fade into a glowing moon, or how Rush’s posture suggests a lifetime of bending over a canvas, or how a face on that canvas slowly emerges, from a forest of lines — and suddenly, time passes, and art happens. "
- Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
"The rare biopic of a visual artist that considers the dilemma of the art more seriously than it considers the drama of the life. "
- Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"Stanley Tucci's look at the legendary artist Alberto Giacometti (a live-wire Geoffrey Rush) is a mesmerizing meditation on the mystery of genius and anything but paint by numbers."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"As a bit of art-house escapism, that it is a trip well worth taking."
- Ben Croll, indieWire
"An involving examination of the creative process itself, of how difficult it can be to move forward with artistic enterprises no matter how gifted you are or how much regard the world holds you in."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times