Geoffrey Rush is outstanding as the artist Alberto Giacometti in this amusing comedy about his efforts to paint a portrait of an old friend, played by Armie Hammer.
It is Paris in 1964 and Giacometti is a celebrated artist whose works are fetching extremely high prices. When he encounters his old friend, the American critic James Lord (Hammer), Giacometti asks him to sit for a portrait. Flattered, Lord agrees and changes his flight back home. But the chaos of Giacometti's studio and life takes over, from the large amounts of cash stashed in secret hiding places and constant arguments with his wife to a scandal involving his mistress. Giacometti, plagued by self-doubt, insists on frequent diversions, and Lord's flight is postponed again and again. Actor Stanley Tucci returns to the director's chair after Big Night (1996) and Blind Date (2007), and draws out fantastic performances in this comical and entertaining look at the unpredictable process of a genius.
“Rush hasn’t had a showcase this good in years” – EMPIRE