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Séraphine -- SÉRAPHINE is the true story of French Painter Séraphine Louis aka Séraphine de Senlis (Yolande Moreau), a simple and profoundly devout housekeeper who in 1905 at age 41 — self-taught and began painting brilliantly colorful canvases.
Séraphine -- A drama based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis.
Séraphine -- Séraphine is the true story of Séraphine Louis aka Séraphine de Senlis (Yolande Moreau), a simple and profoundly devout housekeeper who in 1905 at age 41 — self-taught and began painting brilliantly colorful canvases.

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Writers:
Martin Provost (writer)
Marc Abdelnour (written by)
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Release Date:
1 October 2008 (France) See more »
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19 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Yolande Moreau ... Séraphine Louis, dite Séraphine de Senlis

Ulrich Tukur ... Wilhelm Uhde
Anne Bennent ... Anne-Marie Uhde
Geneviève Mnich ... Mme Duphot

Adélaïde Leroux ... Minouche

Nico Rogner ... 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
Jean-Pascal Abribat ... Francis Gouyet - Journalist
Anne Benoît ... Madame Delonge (as Anne Benoit)
Corentin Lobet ... L'interne
Serge Gaborieau ... Le médecin
Rosine Favey ... Une invitée de Mme Duphot
Marie-Noëlle Révérend ... L'invitée 3
Joëlle Bobbio ... L'ouvrière en chef
Sophie Raive ... L'intendante
Michel Sailly ... Le camionneur
Francis Lacloche ... Le notaire
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christine Garrivet ... Passante dans la rue (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Provost 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marc Abdelnour  written by
Martin Provost  writer

Produced by
Virginie Breydel de Groeninghe .... assistant producer
Miléna Poylo .... producer
Olivier Rausin .... co-producer
Gilles Sacuto .... producer
Arlette Zylberberg .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Galasso 
 
Cinematography by
Laurent Brunet 
 
Film Editing by
Ludo Troch 
 
Casting by
Brigitte Moidon 
 
Production Design by
Thierry François 
 
Set Decoration by
Catherine Jarrier-Prieur 
 
Costume Design by
Madeline Fontaine 
 
Makeup Department
Virginie Berland .... facial hair maker
Evelyne Byot .... key makeup artist
Lelia Delval .... key hair stylist
Anne-Marie Demeur .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Julien Bouley .... unit production manager
Nathalie Duran .... production manager
Jeanne Tassy .... assistant production manager
Jeanne Tassy .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christian Alzieu .... second assistant director
Justine Bosco .... third assistant director
Raphaëlle Piani .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Lionel Brison .... painter
Loïc Chavanon .... property master
Grégoire Darrasse .... assistant decorator
François Delaire .... assistant art director
Marc Olry .... property master
Jean-Denis Riviere .... assistant art director
Nathalie Rousseau .... second assistant art director
Lisa Ternon .... assistant set decorator
Daniel Parceaud .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Laure Arto .... adr engineer
Laure Arto .... sound recordist
Olivier Burgaud .... boom operator
Emmanuel Croset .... sound re-recording mixer
Ingrid Ralet .... sound editor
Ingrid Simon .... dialogue editor
Luc Thomas .... foley mixer
Philippe van Leer .... foley artist
Philippe Vandendriessche .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Daniel Lenoir .... special effects: snow
 
Visual Effects by
Johnny Alves .... visual effects supervisor: PLUG EFFECTS
Nicolas Bonnell .... visual effects producer: Plug Effects
 
Stunts
Jérôme Henry Team .... stunts (as Jerome Henry)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alessio Anzalone .... gaffer
Nicolas Cagniard .... steadicam operator
Mathieu Carrere .... electrician
Antonin Jacolot .... third assistant camera
Guillaume Lemerle .... electrician
Emilie Monier .... second assistant camera
Laurent Pouchard .... grip
Denoël Riché .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Franzo Curcio .... extras casting
Marie-France Michel .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Isabelle Boiton .... key costumer
Rachel Raoult .... dresser (as Rachèle Raoult)
 
Editorial Department
Carole Borne .... assistant editor
Gwenaëlle Hubert .... assistant editor
Matthieu Pradeau .... color timer
 
Music Department
Ludovic Palabaud .... music mixer/engineer
 
Transportation Department
Barbara Massaut .... driver: Belgium
 
Other crew
Max Belmessieri .... location manager
Virginie Breydel de Groeninghe .... assistant producer
Marie De Ridder .... production assistant
Florence Désile .... production secretary
Laurence Granec .... press attache
Amandine Lartigue .... production accountant
Karine Menard .... press attache
Christine Raffa-Catonné .... script supervisor
 

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125 min | Canada:121 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:G (British Columbia) | France:U | Germany:6 (f) | Hong Kong:IIA | Ireland:PG | New Zealand:M | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Korea:12 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12 (DVD rating) | USA:Unrated

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French visa # 117074 delivered on 27-7-2008.See more »
Soundtrack:
La femme aux bijouxSee more »

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30 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Séraphine itself is a work of art, 19 July 2009
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

A frumpy cleaning woman well into middle age is discovered by an art critic to be a painter with talent comparable to Vincent Van Gogh. Her story is told in the riveting Seraphine, directed by Martin Provost and winner of seven Césars, the French version of the Oscars, including a best actress award for Yolande Moreau. With a screenplay by Martin Provost and Marc Abdelnour, the film is set in the village of Senlis outside of Paris where Séraphine Louis (Yolande Moreau) lives alone and must take odd jobs just to pay for her painting supplies. Séraphine is a visionary, a devout Catholic who believes she is guided by a guardian angel and her exotic paintings of flowers and plants describe her feelings of closeness to spirit.

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

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

Provost in Séraphine captures the artist's mystical nature and her close bond with nature that shows up in her works, which are still exhibited in many of the world's museums. She is shown hugging trees, climbing them, and standing as a tiny speck beneath a towering shade tree. One scene shows her standing nude in water up to her chest in a nearby river. Provost takes a minimalist approach and the film does not contain much dialogue. The story is told by the silences and facial expressions and the music by Michael Galasso adds richness to the experience. Fully capturing the eternal mystery of the creative process, Séraphine itself is a work of art.

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