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. —IMDb
Martin Provost was born in 1957 in the town of Brest. After some years in Paris pursuing the acting career for which he had left his native Brittany, Martin Provost turned to writing and directing. He shot two shorts before tackling his ﬁrst full-length feature, Tortilla y Cinema (1997). He followed that up with Le Ventre de Juliette (Juliette’s Stomach) in 2003 and the international hit Séraphine in 2008, with Yolande Moreau in the lead role, which won no less than seven Césars in 2009. —institutfrancais.com
The life of Seraphine, slow paced and full of love for her muse, nature, is captured genuinely, in both acting and cinematography, but it is the tragedy of the second part of the movie that menacingly stayed with me.
A real treat of European cinema. Serene photography by Laurent Brunet and a superb performance by Yolande Moreau. The pace in the latter part of the film was a bit rushed and disjointed and left me feeling cheated, wanting more. I did enjoy it.
Film contemplatif sur un personnage magique – 31/03/2009
Biopic assez classique dans la forme (on pense à Camille Claudel), pour aborder un personnage étrange et irréel, incarné par une Yolande… read review
I went into this film not knowing who Séraphine Louis was (hell, I didn’t even know the movie was going to be a biopic). I suspect that Provost believed that many wouldn’t know much about his subject… read review