Nowhere Boy, Sam Taylor-Wood’s filmic love letter to John Lennon’s youth, has just gone nationwide in the UK. Taylor-Wood is a Turner-prize winning Brit art star (she has a video portrait of David Beckham sleeping in her body of work), and this is her first feature film. The movie is based on a book written by Lennon’s maternal half-sister Julia Baird called Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon, and in a quasi moment of art-imitating-life, the 42-year-old Taylor-Wood is now engaged to the 19-year-old actor who plays the young Lennon in the movie. Meanwhile the Gainsbourg biopic Vie Héroïque comes out later this month in France, so alas the trailer has no subtitles. Still, even non-French speakers can soak up the essence de Serge, or at least enjoy all the Euro-friendly nudity.
Frances Gall’s Eric Elmosnino’s resemblance to Gainsbourg is pretty insane, as is Laetitia Casta’s Bardot transformation.