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Séraphine (2008)

  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 2,525 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Release Date: 1 October 2008 (France)
  • Runtime: 125 min | Canada:121 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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  • IMDb page: Séraphine (2008)
  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 2,525 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Release Date: 1 October 2008 (France)
  • Runtime: 125 min | Canada:121 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Filming Location: Cathédrale, Senlis, Oise, France
  • Gross: $881,839(USA)(7 March 2010)
  • Director: Martin Provost
  • Stars: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur and Anne Bennent
  • Original Music By: Michael Galasso   
  • Soundtrack: La femme aux bijoux
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Artist | Painter | Art | Painting | French

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Marc Abdelnour  written by
  • Martin Provost  writer

Known Trivia

  • French visa # 117074 delivered on 27-7-2008.
  • Since the release of the films, the visitors to the museum of Senlis exhibiting her works has quadrupled and has not diminished to this day (August 2009).

Plot: Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis. Full summary » |  »

Story: In 1914, Wilhelm Uhde, a famous German art collector, rents an apartment in the town of Senlis, forty kilometers away from Paris, in order to write and to take a rest from the hectic life he has been living in the capital. The cleaning lady is a rather rough-and-ready forty-year-old woman who is the laughing stock of others. One day, Wilhelm who has been invited by his landlady, notices a small painting lying about in her living room. He is stunned to learn that the artist is no other than Séraphine.Written by Guy Bellinger  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Virginie Breydel de Groeninghe known as assistant producer
  • Milena Poylo known as producer
  • Olivier Rausin known as co-producer
  • Gilles Sacuto known as producer
  • Arlette Zylberberg known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Yolande Moreau known as Séraphine Louis, dite Séraphine de Senlis
  • Ulrich Tukur known as Wilhelm Uhde
  • Anne Bennent known as Anne-Marie Uhde
  • Geneviève Mnich known as Mme Duphot
  • Nico Rogner known as Helmut Kolle
  • Adélaïde Leroux known as Minouche
  • Serge Larivière known as Duval
  • Françoise Lebrun known as La mère supérieure
  • Jean-Pascal Abribat known as Francis Gouyet – Journalist
  • Anne Benoît known as Mme Delonge
  • Joëlle Bobbio known as L'ouvrière en chef
  • Sandrine Bodenes known as Marie-Louise – Wilhelm's cook
  • Léna Breban known as Soeur Marguerite (as Léna Bréban)
  • Rosine Favey known as Une invitée de Mme Duphot
  • Serge Gaborieau known as Le médecin
  • Christine Garrivet known as Passante dans la rue
  • Hélène Hardouin
  • Francis Lacloche known as Le notaire
  • Corentin Lobet known as L'interne
  • Josette Ménard known as La bouchère
  • Dominique Pozzetto known as Anatole Duphot
  • Sophie Raive
  • Muriel Riou known as Berthe – Wilhelm's maid

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Virginie Berland known as facial hair maker
  • Evelyne Byot known as key makeup artist
  • Lelia Delval known as key hair stylist
  • Anne-Marie Demeur known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Lionel Brison known as painter
  • Loïc Chavanon known as property master
  • François Delaire known as assistant art director
  • Jean-Denis Riviere known as assistant art director
  • Nathalie Rousseau known as second assistant art director
  • Lisa Ternon known as assistant set dresser
  • Daniel Parceaud known as carpenter (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • TS Productions (presents)
  • France 3 Cinéma (in co-production with)
  • Climax Films (in co-production with)
  • Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF) (in co-production with)
  • Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC) (with the participation of)
  • Région Ile-de-France (with the support of)
  • Canal+ (with the participation of)
  • CinéCinéma (with the participation of)
  • TV5 Monde (with the participation of)
  • Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel et des Télédistributeurs Wallons (with the support of)
  • Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique (with the support of)
  • Tax Shelter ING Invest de Tax Shelter Productions (with the support of)
  • La Banque postale Image (in association with)
  • Sociétés de Financement Pour le Cinéma et l'audiov (in association with)
  • Soficinéma 3 (in association with)
  • Procirep (with the support of)
  • Angoa-Agicoa (with the support of)
  • Programme MEDIA de la Communauté Européenne (with the support of)

Other Companies:

  • Ad Hoc Sound Services  sound equipment provided by
  • Le Vestiaire  costume rental

Distributors:

  • Diaphana Films (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • Cinéart (2009) (Belgium) (all media)
  • Arsenal Filmverleih (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Alcine Terran (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Atalanta Filmes (2009) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • CDI Films (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Cinéart (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Filmtrade (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Golden Screen Cinemas (200?) (Malaysia) (theatrical)
  • Golem Distribución (200?) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Gutek Film (2009) (Poland) (theatrical)
  • Les Films Séville (2009) (Canada) (theatrical) (English speaking region)
  • Les Films Séville (200?) (Canada) (theatrical) (200?) (French speaking region)
  • Metrodome Distribution (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Music Box Films (2009) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Rialto Entertainment (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Rialto Entertainment (2008) (New Zealand) (theatrical)
  • With Cinema (2009) (South Korea) (theatrical)
  • Cinema Mondo (2009) (Finland) (all media)
  • E1 Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • EDKO Film (2009) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • Orlando Films (2009) (Israel) (all media)
  • TF1 Vidéo (2009) (France) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Twin Pics (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Plug Effects (visual effects by)

Visual Effects by:

  • Johnny Alves known as visual effects supervisor: PLUG EFFECTS
  • Nicolas Bonnell known as visual effects producer: Plug Effects

Release Date:

  • Canada 7 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • France 1 October 2008
  • Belgium 10 October 2008 (Gent International Film Festival)
  • Belgium 22 October 2008
  • Germany 11 November 2008 (Französische Filmtage Tübingen)
  • Egypt 27 November 2008 (Cairo International Film Festival)
  • Switzerland 28 January 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Germany 6 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • USA 11 February 2009 (Portland International Film Festival)
  • France 2 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Greece 8 April 2009 (Festival du Film Francophone)
  • Greece 9 April 2009
  • USA 28 April 2009 (Newport Beach International Film Festival)
  • Spain 8 May 2009
  • Netherlands 12 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 1 June 2009 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • South Korea 4 June 2009
  • Estonia 5 June 2009
  • USA 5 June 2009 (limited)
  • UK 23 June 2009 (Edinburgh Film Festival)
  • Sweden 26 June 2009
  • Canada 3 July 2009 (Vancouver)
  • Czech Republic 4 July 2009 (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)
  • Switzerland 30 July 2009 (German speaking region)
  • New Zealand 6 August 2009
  • Portugal 17 September 2009
  • Brazil 25 September 2009 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
  • Israel 1 October 2009
  • Poland 23 October 2009
  • Russia 19 November 2009
  • Finland 20 November 2009
  • UK 27 November 2009
  • Germany 17 December 2009
  • Austria 15 January 2010
  • Argentina 11 March 2010 (Pantalla Pinamar Festival)
  • Argentina 19 March 2010 (Les Avant-Premieres – Cine francés)
  • Argentina 1 April 2010
  • Denmark 13 May 2010
  • Japan 7 August 2010
  • Hungary 28 April 2011

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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  1. Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California
    30 Mar 2012, 10:52 pm

    Veteran actress Yolande Moreau gives a dedicated performance in thisbiopic about the neo-primitive, or "naive," or "outsider" flowerpainter Séraphine Louis (1864-1948), now called Séraphine de Senlis,from the town where she worked. An orphan looked down on by all, shesurvived barely by doing cleaning and laundry paid by the job, but inher little room in town at night by candlelight made strange, visionarypaintings of flowers in large clusters, looking like diamonds orinsects. Raised and cared for in early life by nuns, she sang to theVirgin when she finished a painting. Beautifully photographed,meditative, with a strong sense of the quietude of rural France in theteens and twenties, this picture doesn't provide deep insight intoeither Séraphine or the German art collector who discovered andsupported her, Wilhelm Uhde (Ulrich Tukur, another veteran; he has oneof the secondary leads in The Lives of Others). Uhde deserves his ownbiopic. He was the first to purchase the works of Picasso anddiscovered the great modern primitive Henri "Le Douanier" Rousseau.

    Slowly, methodically, the film shows how Uhde finds out by chance thatthe haggard looking middle aged woman cleaning up in the big rentedhouse he's living in in Senlis with his sister is doing uniquepaintings on wood. Nobody else around appreciates them or, in fact,understands modern art. He buys all her work from Séraphine and urgesher to concentrate on her art. But WWI comes, and as a German he isforced to leave precipitously, leaving behind his little notebook andmost of the art he's collected in France.

    Uhde returns years later with his sister and also a male lover, HelmutKolle (Nico Rogner), a talented young German expressionist painterdying of TB, and rents another house in the area. He comes acrossSéraphine's work and finds it more ambitious and much more brilliant.He puts her on a generous monthly stipend. She shows signs of mania,and her disappointment when she finds the Paris exhibition must be putoff due to the worldwide financial crisis leads her into insanity. Thetrajectory is ever downward, though the final scenes suggest that herlast years in a sanatorium may have been spend it serenity, close tothe nature she loved.

    This film is thorough and handsomely made, but a little too much on thedutiful and academic side. It has parallels as a story with BrunoNuytten's 1988 Camille Claudel, but it has neither the level of dramanor the presence of Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani (as Rodin andClaudel) to give it energy. As director Provost has said, Uhde had a"dark side": his willingness to virtually abandon Séraphine when thingsgot rough for her, and not to bother looking for her when he firstreturns to France after the War. Provost leaves this mysterious, whichis just historically, but unsatisfying cinematically. But Provost didapparently help organize the recent Musée Maillol exhibition ofSéraphine's work. And this film is a thought-provoking addition to theon-screen literature of outsider or visionary art.

    The film opened in theaters in Paris on October 1, 2008 to respectfulif not overly enthusiastic reviews. It has been bought by Music Box inthe US, but no release has been announced. Shown as part of theRendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center, NYC, in March 2009.

  2. Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.
    30 Mar 2012, 10:52 pm

    A frumpy cleaning woman well into middle age is discovered by an artcritic to be a painter with talent comparable to Vincent Van Gogh. Herstory is told in the riveting Seraphine, directed by Martin Provost andwinner of seven Césars, the French version of the Oscars, including abest actress award for Yolande Moreau. With a screenplay by MartinProvost and Marc Abdelnour, the film is set in the village of Senlisoutside of Paris where Séraphine Louis (Yolande Moreau) lives alone andmust take odd jobs just to pay for her painting supplies. Séraphine isa visionary, a devout Catholic who believes she is guided by a guardianangel and her exotic paintings of flowers and plants describe herfeelings of closeness to spirit.

    Treated with disdain by her condescending employer, her life takes onnew meaning when a tenant, German art critic Wilhelm Uhde (UlrichTukur) hires Séraphine to clean for him and accidentally discovers oneof her paintings that her boss had tossed aside. A champion of modern"primitvist" artists who is credited with early recognition of Picassoand Rousseau, Uhde is portrayed by Tukur as a quiet, unassuming man wholives with his sister and a gay lover. He recognizes Séraphine's talentbut never shows much enthusiasm, preferring to keep their relationshipon a very business-like basis.

    Impressed by Seraphine's passionate art, Uhde offers to become herpatron but, feeling estranged in France, must soon leave the country toreturn to Germany as the First World War begins. Although Séraphinecontinues to paint, she has no connection with Uhde until the latterpart of the 1920s when he provides her with the means to quit her joband paint full time. Unfortunately, her grip on reality falters and sheis soon hospitalized after indulging in spending sprees on a weddingdress and purchase of a large mansion. One of the saddest scenes in thefilm is that of Séraphine dressed in a full wedding gown, going door todoor giving her away her possessions.

    Provost in Séraphine captures the artist's mystical nature and herclose bond with nature that shows up in her works, which are stillexhibited in many of the world's museums. She is shown hugging trees,climbing them, and standing as a tiny speck beneath a towering shadetree. One scene shows her standing nude in water up to her chest in anearby river. Provost takes a minimalist approach and the film does notcontain much dialogue. The story is told by the silences and facialexpressions and the music by Michael Galasso adds richness to theexperience. Fully capturing the eternal mystery of the creativeprocess, Séraphine itself is a work of art.

  3. druid333-2 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:52 pm

    Seraphine Louis,who would eventually change her name to SeraphinedeSenlis (after the name of her hometown)was an artist who cleanedhouses by day,and painted by night (all the time while singing thehymns of her staunch Catholic upbringing,while she was growing up anorphan by Nuns). Seraphine is pretty much maligned by the villagelocals,taunted by children,and pretty much avoided by most all thatknow her. When German art collector & critic,Wilhelm Uhde rents a roomin the town of Senlis,while on the run from the insanity of World WarI,and discovers a painting by Seraphine & is amazed by it's use ofcolour & texture. When the war moves ever closer,Uhde & his sisterescapes the madness. Years later,he returns to Senlis,rediscovers anaged,but still painting Seraphine & vows to put her work on display(despite the fallout of the Wall Street crash of 1929,as well as thesubsequent great depression,that managed to cripple a good percentageof Europe's economy,as well). Martin Provost directs & co writes (withMarc Abdelnoir)a lovingly depicted portrait of a woman possessed ofgenius that is cruelly stolen too early (deSenlis spent her aged yearsin an insane asylum & never painted again in life). Yolande Moreauplays Seraphine,a woman unpossesed by pretentious,real fine. UlrichTukur plays Wilhelm Uhde,in a winning role that depicts Uhde as animpresario of art first,and who's personal life is down played,somewhat(in life,Uhde was an ardent homosexual that made no bones about his gaylifestyle). The photography is a real treat for the eye (at times,thecomposition of visual images are very painterly,such as films such as'Tous Le Matin Du Monde'). A film to check out for those with a love ofart,or art history (or both). Spoken in French & German with Englishsubtitles. Not rated by the MPAA,this film contains flashes of nudity &adult content.

  4. JustApt from Russian Federation, Ivanovo
    30 Mar 2012, 10:52 pm

    This extraordinary biographical film tells the dramatic story of Frenchpaintress Séraphine de Senlis. The tale starts in the summer before theFirst World War when a known German art collector and critic WilhelmUhde accidentally finds out that his servant woman is an amateurartiste painting in naïve but highly innovative and original style. Shewas doing so because she had a vision of divine being who has told herto begin to paint pictures. Where does genius end and madness begin? Orare they just two sides of the same phenomenon? Questions poised bythis artful drama hardly have the answers. To say that Yolande Moreauplaying the role of Séraphine Louis is unique is to say the least.Camille Claudel is another brilliant movie in the same vein.

  5. Chris_Docker from Scotland, United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 10:52 pm

    Cinema is a language of deception. The set we see, the mise-en-scene,is what the director wants us to see. Conditioning us visually beforean actor even speaks their lines. In costume dramas, the historicalclothing is a further weapon to impress a specific artistic vision onus, further cloaking any subtext, whether the transformation of amarriage market story into 'rom-com' (Pride & Prejudice) or consciouslytravestying the past (Moulin Rouge!, Marie Antoinette). French cinemahas achieved respected and less controversial use of costume with filmslike Jean de Florette and Manon des sources. In these examples,beautiful, nostalgic settings were contrasted with dystopian visions ofthe hard life. When we move to the biopic, cinematic techniques areroutinely used to persuade us of 'what really happened.' Séraphinecontinues the proud French tradition of costume and historical drama,yet in a very accessible vein. It tells the (true) story of a minorFrench painter, Séraphine Louis (later known as Séraphine de Senlis,after the village where she lived.) Our story picks up Séraphineworking as a maid for Madame Duphot. This lady of the house also rentsan apartment to a German art critic-dealer, Wilhelm Uhde. Uhde believesin the 'primitive' artists and takes a liking to some of the maid'swork he spots. Yolande Moreau's assured performance gives weight towhat may be an unvarnished account. The discovery of the peasantwoman's talent, her humble charm as she goes about collecting theingredients for paint (wine, mud, fruits, flowers) as she goes abouther chores as a domestic servant. Everything draws us sympatheticallyinto Séraphine's world.

    Udhe nurtures Séraphine's embryonic talent, ensuring it is seenworldwide. But as war hits the economy, support evaporates. Séraphine'sinner voices of inspiration lead her to psychosis and she meets herdemise in an insane asylum.

    The painting itself is of the so-called 'naïve' style, characterized bychildlike simplicity. (One of the most famous exponents, according tosome, is L. S. Lowry.) The style seems natural to the childlike (ifbrilliant) personality of our peasant woman, although of course manynaive art painters, including Lowry had, unlike Séraphine, plenty ofschooling and formal knowledge of art technique.

    Production values in the film are high all round. Costume, acting,direction, all achieve a high standard, as evidenced by the many awardsheaped on it in its own country. The overall effect is touching withoutbeing sentimental.

    Séraphine is a continuation of one woman's barely recognised legacy.Any subtext is about serving up a fine character from France's past, acommemoration of national greatness from the early 20th century.(Visits to the exhibition of her work in Senlis have, predictably,quadrupled since the release of the film.) If there is any ideologicalweakness, it is simply that held by the character herself, a Christianattitude of sacrifice and acceptance of fate. There is no strongjudgement on whether Séraphine could have lived her life differently.No real analysis of her painting style. It is, after all, a classy andenchanting fairy tale hung on the hook of a historical person, aharmless deception perhaps. The viewer, should she or he wish, can maketheir own judgement. Just as they can on the deeply religious andfairly distinctive artworks she left for posterity.

  6. stensson from Stockholm, Sweden
    30 Mar 2012, 10:52 pm

    Séraphine was one of these so called common people who in the early1900s were discovered. The expression "discovered" is not wrong, butthat wasn't just about the person, it's was also about another type ofseeing and another type of expression.

    Séraphine lived a poor and humiliating life like most women of herclass. Then this German art collector finds her. But it stops there,because for certain reasons he in the end can't improve her lifematerially. And the result is disastrous, because it means betrayal ofa person, although not of her art.

    A silent realistic movie, there you can smell the poverty and despair.

  7. very_evil_me from New Zealand
    30 Mar 2012, 10:52 pm

    Seraphine is this bumbling, childish, 'naive' woman. She is a humblecleaner who has a penchant for walks in the countryside and yet shepaints gorgeously.

    This film is very straight-forward. Its your usual artists tale andSeraphine depiction is rather clichéd. That artists are misunderstood,outcasts, and have crazed or in this case crazed religious beliefs. Sothe story isn't new, but it's told with simplicity and directness. Thecinematography and art direction reflect this, nothing fancy here. Theplot is again simple no twists to get lost on, little subtlety and fewcharacters.

    It's this simplicity from which the film draws its realism. That andthe acting of Seraphine. The actress was spectacular, Seraphine is notan easy part to play, this innocence and true crazed underpinnings.Special note at hobbling, awkward walk, and difficult breathing.Another thing is that there are no beautiful people. Hollywood seems tohave this obsession with beauty, so much so that everyone in theirfilms is beautiful, Hollywood would never make Seraphine but if theydid there's no doubt they have made her a stunner.

    The beginning of this film is marvelous, as I went in not knowing whatSeraphine was about and for the first say half hour we saw her asothers saw her and when she started doing these weird things I thought,she is crazy! Then, when she started painting I went, Oh! The surprisewas delightful. The film then went on in a regular way but I don't likethe ending, I think perhaps I just feel sorry for her.

    The paintings are crazy like her, they're intense and the flowerssinister and unreal. The paintings show that under the simplicity,there's something more. And that is like this film.

  8. dromasca from Herzlya, Israel
    30 Mar 2012, 10:52 pm

    The viewing of 'Seraphine' and the magnificent performance of YolandeMoreau, an actress who seems born to play this role reminded me a fewother films who had on their center great artists devoted to their artup to the limits of mental sanity. Mel Ferrer's 'El Greco' and JohnHurt's 'Vincent' come to my mind immediately.

    The first part of the film happens in the treasonous summer of 1914, inthe months before The Great War starts. The famous German art collectorand critic Wilhelm Uhde (acted with welcome discretion by UlrichTukur), one of these man who do not buy art to resell it, but sell artto buy what they love finds summer refuge from Paris and his owndaemons in the French countryside. He discovers to his surprise thatthe aging maid in the house is a painter, and a flamboyant one, despiteher lack of artistic education or of any education. The war breaks, theGerman becomes the enemy and is obliged to flee France where he returnsonly one decade later.

    Here happens one of the astounding scenes of the film. Ulrich comes tolook for Seraphine, he does not know and we do not know if she is stillalive, or if she is still willing to talk with the prospectiveprotector who abandoned her. The scene is sordid, in a decrepitbuilding filmed without inspiration (I believe that this isintentional, in this film only art and nature have color and beauty),the door is closed, and anything can happen at this point, even the endof the movie.

    The door does open and the next and final part of the film is dedicatedto the sudden success of Seraphine, her lack of capacity to deal withsuccess, he sliding into insanity. It appears that her art origins in amystic impulse, maybe an unhappy love story, but for an artist shesays, love takes other paths than it does with common people. While inneed and under harsh economic pressure her faith was channeled intoart, when success comes she does not stop to create (actually createssome of her best works at this time) but her mystic beliefs try to findother ways of expression, which for the rest of the world belong toinsanity.

    Director Martin Provost makes a wise choice not to comment or directthe viewers into judging the character, but rather lets them draw theirown conclusions. How can genius be judged, where is the real borderbetween genius and insanity, aren't rather these the two faces of thepersonalities of many great artists? The scenes where we see Seraphinepainting are magnificent, she is determined and fragile, naive andpassionate.

    The real Seraphine Louis or Seraphine de Senlis spent the last fewyears of her life in a mental institution exactly at the time when herwork started to be known, appreciated, and loved by the art publicworld wide. The beautiful last scene shows her in a serene posture, inthe middle of the nature which seems to have been together with lovefor God the principal source of inspiration of her work. I can onlyhope that her end was as serene as the last scene of this wonderfulfilm.

  9. pgorman3 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:52 pm

    I had no preconceptions about this film and saw it without knowinganything, I'm ashamed to say, about the film maker or the lead actressOR the painter even though I spent some time in Senlis years ago. Fromthe first images I was intrigued because I wasn't sure where the storywas going but this did not annoy me. That's what a good film should do!I am in the film business and have seen 'everything' so I feelqualified to say that. It is very difficult to 'fool' me, to reallysurprise me, and this film did that. It is an Oscar nomination waitingto happen. I must say that at the point Seraphine was digging up thingsI got the idea that she was a secret painter before we were 'supposed'to know but that did not bother me. I think the direction, writing andacting of this film were amazing. Accomplishing what a film can dowithout explosions and car chases and even mayhem, which I enjoy! Inevery way, technically and artistically, this film is a must see. Aserious subject dealt with, what I believe to be, accurately withoutchanging for dramatic purposes much of what is actually known. I admitI would have to research the facts but I feel I would be vindicated ifI did so. Moving, inspiring, beautiful. What more could you want?

  10. imanewmanfan from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:52 pm

    I enjoy French films very much and saw Seraphine in Paris. While themovie looks beautiful and the acting is excellent, overall the filmbored me. There wasn't enough dramatic tension or intense characterdevelopment to sustain my interest. I was very surprised that it won somany awards, but then again if the French academy is similar to the onein the U.S., they tend to play it safe. Seraphine is worth seeing ifyou are interested in thinking about the artistic soul. But there isnothing groundbreaking here. I would have liked to see a version ofthis artist's life that was less academic and more thought provoking.The one thing I admired very much was the performance of the leadactress. I was trying to imagine anyone equivalent to her in the U.S.and was unable to conjure any names. She is not classically beautiful,yet clearly she is an actress of great stature in France to have wonthis role. The lesson I took away from the film was the appreciation oftalent, both of Seraphine and the actress who portrayed her.

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