A fitting if strange tribute to the French legend

Joann Sfar’s treatment of the life of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg feels more like a cartoon than a straight biopic.

Fair enough, since first-time director Sfar’s day-job is as a graphic novelist.

Taking a half-mocking, half-admiring view of the notorious chanteur, Sfar has him shadowed by a huge-nosed, spindly fingered puppet-caricature of himself.

Eric Elmosnino is startlingly convincing in the title role, parading the charisma that explains why, despite his self-described ‘ugly mug’, Serge was a magnet for beautiful women (Bardot, Jane Birkin, et al).

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