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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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Martin Provost
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yolande Moreau ... Séraphine Louis, dite Séraphine de Senlis
Ulrich Tukur ... Wilhelm Uhde
Anne Bennent ... Anne-Marie Uhde
Geneviève Mnich Geneviève Mnich ... Mme Duphot
Adélaïde Leroux ... Minouche
Nico Rogner ... Helmut Kolle
Françoise Lebrun Françoise Lebrun ... La mère supérieure
Hélène Hardouin Hélène Hardouin ... La propriétaire
Serge Larivière ... Duval
Léna Breban ... Soeur Marguerite (as Léna Bréban)
Sandrine Bodenes Sandrine Bodenes ... Marie-Louise (as Sandrine Bodènés)
Muriel Riou Muriel Riou ... Berthe
Dominique Pozzetto Dominique Pozzetto ... Anatole Duphot
Josette Ménard Josette Ménard ... La bouchère
Xavier Pottier 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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Biography | Drama

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France | Belgium

Language:

French | German | Latin

Release Date:

1 October 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Seraphine See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,637, 7 June 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$881,839, 7 March 2010
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Wilhelm Uhde is portrayed as having a goatee beard throughout the course of the film. Portraits of him show generally a clean-shaven man or one with the small moustache. See more »

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The credits list the names of the paintings which are seen in the film - 10 paintings by Séraphine and the artworks owned by Uhde and Kolle. See more »

Soundtracks

Tantum ergo
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as Sebastien Bach)
Performed by Yolande Moreau
Choirs: La Boite à chanson and Choeur de France
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An Obsession to Paint
18 July 2010 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Séraphine de Senlis - born Séraphine Louis (1864- 1942) - may not be a painter well known to the entire art world today, but the story of her life makes a compelling film. Writer Marc Abdelnour and writer/director Martin Provost have extracted all of the significant aspects of Séraphine Louis' life and have created a work of art as a film, much in the style of the way she created her life in art.

Séraphine Louis (Yolande Moreau) was born in 1864 in Arcy to a poor family and worked as a shepherdess until 1881 when she accepted the position as a domestic worker for the Sisters of Providence in Clermont: her life with the nuns enhanced her profoundly religious approach to her personal philosophy. In 1901 she left the convent, in part due to a communication with her angel that she must paint, to become a housekeeper for middle class families in Senlis. In her quiet manner she scrubbed floors and did laundry by day, using the pittances of income to procure some supplies so that she could paint her images of fruits, flowers, and leaves by candlelight at night in her tiny room. Self taught, she used pigment from strange sources - blood from the butcher, melted wax from the votives at the cathedral, pollen from the flowers of the fields, her only 'purchased' component was gesso and white paint from the artist supply shop in Senlis.

In 1914 the German art collector and critic Wilhelm Uhde (Ulrich Tukur) took a room in the house owned by Mme Duphot (Geneviève Mnich), one of the houses where Séraphine worked, and when Wilhelm discovered a painting by Séraphine he immediately recognized a painter of great promise and provided Séraphine with the first response to her artistic efforts. Wilhelm and Séraphine became friends and Wilhelm bought all of her art, insisting that she devote her time to creating art instead of scrubbing floors. With the backing of a collector and friend, Séraphine began painting in earnest, showing locally and selling art under Wilhelm's sponsorship, until 1914 when with WW I breaking out, Wilhelm had to flee France, leaving behind his collection of paintings as well as the close bond the two had formed. Mistakenly Séraphine thought Wilhelm's departure was to marry his roommate Anne-Marie (Anne Bennett), only to discover that Anne-Marie was Wilhelm's sister and fellow supporter of Séraphine: Wilhelm informed her he would never be able to marry a woman.

Séraphine continued painting as she lead her eccentric life in Senlis and in 1927 Wilhelm returned to France with his paramour - young painter Helmut Kolle (Nico Rogner) who suffered from tuberculosis - rediscovers Séraphine's art in a local Senlis exhibition, and realizes that she had survived and her art had flourished. Under Wilhelm's patronage, Séraphine began painting large canvases as large as two meters high, and she achieved prominence as the naïve painter of her day. In 1929, Wilhelm organized an exhibition, 'Painters of the Sacred Heart', that featured Séraphine's art, launching her into a period of financial success she had never known - and was ill prepared to manage. Then, in 1930, with the effects of the Great Depression destroying the finances of her patrons, Wilhelm had no choice except to stop buying her paintings. Séraphine's spending habits cause concern and in 1932 her psychotic behavior resulted in placement in the psychiatric ward in Clermont hospital where she spent the rest of her days, alone and without friends or admirers of her gift of art.

The simplicity of the manner in which this story is related with very little dialogue, atmospheric scenery as captured by cinematographer Laurent Brunet, and a musical score by Michael Galasso that combines sacred chants with idiomatic instrumental music of French ancestry. Yolande Moreau glows with a special radiance as the simple, spiritual, artistically driven Séraphine and Ulrich Tukar is the perfect balance as his own driven, unique 'first true collector'. This film is a little masterpiece and one that deserves the attention of everyone who cares about the lives of artists and the emergence of genius from strange vessels.

Grady Harp


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