You and Me and Gauguin

Heather M. Edwards
8 min readNov 23, 2018
Gauguin’s “Autoportrait avec portrait de Bernard, ‘Les Misérables’”, 1888. Dedicated to Van Gogh

This year the annual Monterrey International Film Festival (FIC) chose France as their “guest country” and the movie I most wanted to see was Voyage to Tahiti.

We followed Paul Gauguin, as he had followed Pierre Loti, to a functionally fictionalized and eroticized Tahiti where pre-pubescent girls present as fully formed exotic women, outsiders are mostly welcomed into the fold and the entirety of an island exists for your…