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Séraphin: un homme et son péché (2002)

 |  Drama  |  December 2002 (Canada)
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A young woman is forced to marry an old greedy man to save her father from bankruptcy although she has promised her heart to another man.


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Robert Lalonde ...
Docteur Cyprien
Delphine Lacoste
Marie Tifo ...
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Séraphin unfolds against the severe and achingly beautiful landscape of rural Quebec in 1889, where young lovers are torn from each other when a bankrupt shopkeeper forces his daughter into an arranged marriage to save his business. But true love cannot be denied... Written by Stephen Kirkham

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December 2002 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Les belles histoires des Pays-d'en-Haut  »

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CAD 6,100,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Good movie, nothing more
3 May 2003 | by (Montréal, Québec) – See all my reviews

The reason why «Un homme et son péché» got so much attention from the public and the medias was that the original story is a classic here in Québec. The movie is not truly a masterpiece, but it's still good to watch.

The story was changed: there is a lot more sexuality in this version and, unfortunately, some things do not make sense because all the references to the importance of religion at that time in Québec are gone.

I believe the dialogues sometimes sounded very fake, but it also depended of the actor. I think the girl that did Simone could really take some more acting courses (but it's only a small role) and Karine Vanasse also is not as superb as some said. I even found it difficult at some moments to understand what emotions she was trying to project.

The music was beautiful and the scenery magnificent!

I'd like to comment some of the actors performance: Lebeau was great, Seraphin really made me sick and it was the kind of performance that after, in each movie I see the guy, I see Seraphin, his greatest role (like when you see Audrey Tautou and you think «Amélie!»). Roy Dupuis's performance was better in this movie than in any one I saw before, he did quite a good job [for once]. Also some characters like the one Benoit Briere incarnates and also the priest were very convincing. And finally, I believe if Vanasse works a bit more, she'll end up being a quite good actress (hey, she's very young, so she has time to learn).

The ending scene with the double-meaning scream of Seraphin «C'est moé qui brûle!!!» also brings a lot of emotion and some depth.

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