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Séraphine (2008)

Unrated  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  1 October 2008 (France)
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Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis.

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Wilhelm Uhde
Anne Bennent ...
Anne-Marie Uhde
Geneviève Mnich ...
Mme Duphot
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Minouche
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Helmut Kolle
Françoise Lebrun ...
La mère supérieure
Hélène Hardouin ...
La propriétaire
Serge Larivière ...
Duval
Léna Breban ...
Soeur Marguerite (as Léna Bréban)
Sandrine Bodenes ...
Marie-Louise - Wilhelm's cook (as Sandrine Bodènés)
Muriel Riou ...
Berthe - Wilhelm's maid
Dominique Pozzetto ...
Anatole Duphot
Josette Ménard ...
La bouchère
Xavier Pottier ...
Le boucher
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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

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$38,637 (USA) (5 June 2009)

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Since the film's release, the number of visitors at the museum of Senlis exhibiting Séraphine's works has quadrupled (August 2009). See more »

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La femme aux bijoux
Lyrics and Music by Ferdinand-Louis Bénech and Ernest Dumont
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Sung and played on the piano by Ulrich Tukur
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Hard going, but intriguing
4 August 2011 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Seraphine Loius was an impoverished, self-taught French painter who claimed to be inspired directly by God. This film of her life depicts her partly in the obvious way (as an idiot-savant), but also as a woman utterly determined, with a keen sense of her own worth and an acute sensitivity to her absence of value in the eyes of others. This characterisation gives the film its interest; but it's opening portion, depicting her early life without explanation, is almost unbearably slow and painful. The second half, in which there is more of a plot (thanks to her discovery by an art collector), is more interesting, although one shouldn't expect a happy end. While it's not a jolly film, it's a serious attempt to engage with an intriguing, awkward character; that it makes you want to see her pictures is a mark of its success.


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