Sadly, I don't have an arthouse cinema in the area, just the usual couple of multiplex cinemas, neither of which chose to screen Gainsbourg last year. Instead, they to chose show 3D versions of third-rate Hollywood flicks. Shame really, as Gainsbourg really is the type of foreign language movie that really could have appealed to a broader audience. But is it the definite record of Serge Gainsbourg? We'll deal with that later.
But let's start with the movie itself. Directed by Joann Sfar and starring Eric Elmosnino as the man himself, it's effectively the edited highlights of Gainsbourg's life, from his earliest days as a Jewish/Russian refugee in Paris during the World War II, ending as he drives into the sunset with his final partner, Bambou, bizarrely the grand-daughter of General Friedrich Paulus of the German army on the Russian front. I'm guessing that's some kind of symmetry.