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Séraphine (2008)

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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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Storyline

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

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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

French visa # 117074 delivered on 27-7-2008. See more »

Goofs

The film opens in 1914 showing the arrival of Wilhelm and Anne-Marie at the village. Wilhelm actually arrived in 1912, two years before the start of the war. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

La Femme aux Bijoux
Music by Ferdinand-Louis Bénech
Lyrics by Ernest Dumont
Sung and played on the piano by Ulrich Tukur
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Séraphine itself is a work of art
19 July 2009 | by howard.schumannSee all my reviews

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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