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Genres: Biography , Drama
Actors: Yolande Moreau , Ulrich Tukur , Anne Bennent , Geneviève Mnich , Nico Rogner , Adélaïde Leroux , Serge Larivière , Françoise Lebrun , Jean-Pascal Abribat , Anne Benoît , Joëlle Bobbio , Sandrine Bodenes , Léna Breban , Rosine Favey , Serge Gaborieau
Director: Martin Provost
Country: Belgium, France
Year: 2008
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10 (3169 votes)

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.

Film Review

Seraphine Louis (1864-1942), who used the name Seraphine de Senlis (for the town where she worked), was French cleaning-woman who heared voices of angels and painted vivid flower arrangements. She was eventually closed into mental hospital. Unconventional and humanistic, Seraphine is a film which treats this obese middle-aged woman – who looked like a sweet old granny in the pictures I have seen – as a beautiful human being, unpolluted crazy visionary. Unfortunately film itself is academic with drab and ugly colours – so natural, so normal, so realistic. Subject was interesting and rich, film was well-meaning but poor.

It's always a joy when major gongs go to the right people especially when the right people are less than high profile, less than glamorous, less than charismatic – one thinks, for example of Brod Crawford, a more than worthy winner of his Best Actor Oscar for Al The King's Men, or Ernie Borgnine who received the same distinction a few years later for Marty. Yolande Moreau has been enhancing French cinema since the early nineties in things like Germinal, The Horseman On The Roof, The Milk Of Human Kindness, Amelie, Le Bonheur est dans le pre, Folle embellie, to say nothing of Quand le mer monte, which she wrote and co-directed. This is a lady of 56, verging on the clinically obese who can make you believe she is beautiful because she is, of course, beautiful with a shining talent. Seraphine recalls other outstanding understated French films like La Dentelliere and Brodeuses, films in which female acting transcends subject matter. If Marion Cotillard was born to play Piaf then…

This extraordinary biographical film tells the dramatic story of French paintress Séraphine de Senlis. The tale starts in the summer before the First World War when a known German art collector and critic Wilhelm Uhde accidentally finds out that his servant woman is an amateur artiste painting in naïve but highly innovative and original style. She was doing so because she had a vision of divine being who has told her to begin to paint pictures. Where does genius end and madness begin? Or are they just two sides of the same phenomenon? Questions poised by this artful drama hardly have the answers. To say that Yolande Moreau playing the role of Séraphine Louis is unique is to say the least. Camille Claudel is another brilliant movie in the same vein.

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