Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis.

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Martin Provost
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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 ... 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

Certificate:

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Trivia

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

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 »

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La Femme aux Bijoux
Music by Louis Bénech
Lyrics by Ernest Dumont
Sung and played on the piano by Ulrich Tukur
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What's being naive?
5 July 2009 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

Séraphine was one of these so called common people who in the early 1900s were discovered. The expression "discovered" is not wrong, but that wasn't just about the person, it's was also about another type of seeing and another type of expression.

Séraphine lived a poor and humiliating life like most women of her class. Then this German art collector finds her. But it stops there, because for certain reasons he in the end can't improve her life materially. And the result is disastrous, because it means betrayal of a person, although not of her art.

A silent realistic movie, there you can smell the poverty and despair.


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Country:

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

Gross USA:

$884,613

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,402,702
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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