OUT NOW! Gainsbourg's biopic is a worthwhile endeavor even when Bardot's portrayal kind of fizzles, rather than sizzles.

Little Lucien Ginsburg (Eric Elmosnino), the shy son of Jewish-Russian immigrants in Nazi-occupied France, grows up to become the notorious philanderer and greatest chanteur of all time, Serge Gainsbourg. You don’t need to know anything about him to be completely enchanted by this visually stunning fairytale-in-biopic-disguise by Joann Sfar, a veteran comic-artist and first-time director who adapted the script from his own graphic novel. And even if Casta as Brigitte Bardot doesn’t work, it was worth the shot.

GAINSBOURG | Directed by Joann Sfar (France, USA 2010) with Eric Elmosnino and Laetitia Casta. Opens in Berlin cinemas on October 14.