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Paris.  1889.  Impressionism has turned the art world upside down.  The bohemians have crashed the party.  The venerable and stuffy Ecole des Beaux Arts and its staid annual exhibition, the Salon, no longer control artistic standards or the taste of the public.  Manet, Degas, and Monet are finally getting the recognition they deserve. Toulouse-Lautrec, Eric Satie, and Alfred Jarry are partying it up in Montmartre, and the Post-Impressionists have entered the fray. Absinthe is their drink of choice. It heightens their creativity, eases their misery, and makes them crazy. Enter: Les Absintheurs...


The Absinthe Drinkers tells the story of a talented young woman painter’s desperate struggle to succeed in the male-dominated art world of 19th century Paris and Florence - and the dire consequences of her descent into their world of debauchery.


The Absinthe Drinkers is based on John Charles Jopson’s 2007 Italian language short film, “I Bevitori di Assenzio”.

* The Absinthe Drinkers is not a film about absinthe, it is about a group of late 19th century artists for whom absinthe was a part of their culture and, quite often, a subject for their paintings. The title is taken from the numerous paintings made during that era that featured absinthe in the subject and title.

“The Opium Seller”  Oil on Cardboard by Caroline Zimmermann

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