Total Eclipse
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This historical drama, directed by Agnieszka Holland, focuses on the rocky relationship between the renowned 19th century French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine. Rimbaud (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a teenage wunderkind known for his rebelliousness against conventional society and his surrealistic writing. He disrupts the life of Verlaine (David Thewlis), a more conventional writer who is older and married to a dutiful young wife, Mathilde (Romane Bohringer). The drunken Verlaine is unkind to Mathilde, even though her father is providing him with a house and an income to live on while he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A misguided project from Holland: Watching Verlaine and Rimbeau engage in endless arguments about the nature of love, you wonder when they had time to create the poetry that revolutionized the world."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"a noble effort to capture Rimbaud's genius, but it fails to take enough risks to get close to the enigmatic poet."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Fascinating biopic marred by Di Caprio's performance."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A disappointing biography about the homosexual relationship of two famous 19th century French poets."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Despite its fascinating subject matter, Total Eclipse is both unflattering and loveless."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"The Rimbaud seen here is less a poet warrior than cloying brat."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Apollo Guide
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