Final Portrait: Stanley Tucci’s Version of James Lord’s Memoir, Giacometti Portrait

As written and directed by Stanley Tucci, still better known as an actor (most recently as Jack Warner in the TV series “Feud”), Final Portrait deals with the very nature of the creative process.

In his adaptation of James Lord’s memoir ‘A Giacometti Portrait,’ Tucci captures the mysteries and complexities of what makes an artist.

In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art-lover James Lord (Armie Hammer) is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), to sit for a portrait. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days. Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees.

This begins not only the story of a touching and offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, a uniquely revealing insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process.

Final Portrait offers portrait of a genius, and of a friendship between two men who are utterly different, yet increasingly bonded through a single, ever-evolving act of creativity. The film is by turns exhilarating and bewildering, questioning the intriguing question of whether the gift of a great artist is a blessing or a curse.

Cast:

Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Tony Shalhoub, Sylvie Testud, Clémence Poésy

Running time: 90 minutes.