Je Suis Venu vous Dire… Gainsbourg par Ginzburg.

  • Director: Pierre-Henry Salfati.
  • Country: France.
  • Duration: 99 min.
  • Year: 2011.
  • Original language: French.O.V.S.S
  • Leadings: Serge Gainsbourg, Katerina Fedchenk, Émilie de Preiss, Clément Van den Bergh.
  • Screenwriter(s): Pierre-Henry Salfati, Marianne Anska.
  • Editor(s): Bénédicte Brunet, Pascale Hannoyer.
  • Sound designe: Arnaud Rolland, Francis Wargnier.
  • Producer (S): Miriana Bojic Walter.
  • Film company: Zeta Productions.

The French singer and songwriter comes back from the dead. Not literally, fear not: we’re dealing with an autobiography assembled today from interviews, performances, lyrics and songs taken from various sources over the course of his vast career. The broadness of the perspective and the richness of the source (perhaps the most versatile, talented, poetic, and equally rotten gobshite in Europe) construct a portrait of Serge Gainsbourg that brims with elegance and poignancy. Of course, this doesn’t imply that Gainsbourg doesn’t shout them from the bell tower: it’s worth seeing this documentary for the glorious axioms our nicotine-swathed hero spouts throughout it. His take on sexism (“I was misogyny incarnate”), women, talent (I have talent, not genius”), the inseparable couple: ugliness/beauty (“Faces like mine didn’t exist back then”), cynicism (“A cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing”), shyness (“I’m not a witty person and I detest clichés. My destiny is to remain silent”) and alcoholism, in addition to spectacular mining of archive footage make Je suis venu vous dire… the perfect epitaph for the showman that devoured the man.