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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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Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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18 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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A visionary artist, her sometime mentor, and her sad decline See more (27 total) »

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)
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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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Runtime:
125 min | Canada:121 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Certification:
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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Since the film's release, the number of visitors at the museum of Senlis exhibiting Séraphine's works has quadrupled (August 2009).See more »
Soundtrack:
La femme aux bijouxSee more »

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A visionary artist, her sometime mentor, and her sad decline, 23 February 2009
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

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

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

Uhde returns years later with his sister and also a male lover, Helmut Kolle (Nico Rogner), a talented young German expressionist painter dying of TB, and rents another house in the area. He comes across Séraphine'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 put off due to the worldwide financial crisis leads her into insanity. The trajectory is ever downward, though the final scenes suggest that her last years in a sanatorium may have been spend it serenity, close to the nature she loved.

This film is thorough and handsomely made, but a little too much on the dutiful and academic side. It has parallels as a story with Bruno Nuytten's 1988 Camille Claudel, but it has neither the level of drama nor the presence of Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani (as Rodin and Claudel) to give it energy. As director Provost has said, Uhde had a "dark side": his willingness to virtually abandon Séraphine when things got rough for her, and not to bother looking for her when he first returns to France after the War. Provost leaves this mysterious, which is just historically, but unsatisfying cinematically. But Provost did apparently help organize the recent Musée Maillol exhibition of Séraphine's work. And this film is a thought-provoking addition to the on-screen literature of outsider or visionary art.

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

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