2009 was a good year for biopics: An Education, Me and Orson Welles, Public Enemies, the two Mesrine films and Coco before Chanel.
They try to teach us something of the subject and world by focussing on landmark events (Welles’ version of Julius Caesar) or key moments that shaped the life of a character – Mesrine’s military service and daring crimes.
France seems to be gripped by a fever for biopics with Mesrine and Chanel. Now we have Gainsbourg.
The film follows the life of Serge Gainsbourg from his childhood in Nazi occupied France through to his blossoming dominance of French music relationships and his marriage to Jane Birkin.