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.
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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.
So quiet, so reflective, so beautiful in every detail, specially in the rhythm... not only the rhythm of the film but the rhythm of the main character, the intricacies of the search for beauty. Amazing film.
What began as a truly beautiful art film wound up failing to really capture my attention in the latter half. I was drawn in by the slow delicate pacing and deeply moving shots, but the narrative structure fell away for me and I was left unsure as to what was the purpose of what was going on. I suppose one shouldn't make an attack on a biographic narrative, but alas...alas.