Seraphine

Seraphine

DVD - 2010 | French
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The true story of Seraphine Louis, a simple, devout housekeeper who in 1905, at the age of 41, began painting brilliantly colorful canvases. In 1912, a German art critic discovered her paintings while she was working as his maid. Tells the story of the relationship between the avant-garde dealer and the visionary cleaning lady, forging a testament to the mysteries of creativity and the resilience of one woman's spirit.
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Music Box Films, [2010]
Branch Call Number: DVD FOREIGN SER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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garycornell
Jun 03, 2017

Do you believe this many KCLS patrons could be wrong in loving this movie? Well, they certainly are not. It is a beautiful true movie about an artist that you will marvel at her story. It simply shouldn't be missed by anyone who loves a good movie!

A remarkable rendering of the true-life story and times of Seraphine Louis, whose art was visionary, fearless, and truly brilliant. Her genius and passion was born out of a lifetime of humble suffering and loneliness. Exceptional acting by Yolande Moreau. Although recognized, I feel that the art world has been less forthcoming towards her accomplishments than they have been of her contemporaries, even to this day... and so I'm grateful for having viewed such a wonderful, informative movie and for having learned.

d2013 Sep 10, 2016

Intense, well done and wonderful acting.

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dhudson777
Mar 09, 2016

Had seen it but forgotten and was glad as it gathered greater visions on second viewing - a truly wonderful film

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hecto
Aug 16, 2015

A lovely movie, all the more poignant because the story is true. Yolande Moreau is outstanding in the lead role.

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uugene
Jun 30, 2015

A thoughtfully crafted view of a real artist who, oblivious to her tough circumstances, relentlessly follows her compulsion to paint.

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DreDre
May 28, 2015

Deeply engrossing and profound.

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Vivica
Apr 29, 2015

A very well made and entertaining movie - time well spent

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GHN
Apr 03, 2015

A MUST SEE for art lovers!

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akirakato
Dec 29, 2014

This is a 2008 French-Belgian film directed by Martin Provost.
It shows the life of Séraphine Louis (1864–1942), who is a French painter in the naïve style.
Self-taught, she is inspired by her religious faith and by stained-glass church windows and other religious art.
The intensity of her images, both in colour and in replicative designs, are sometimes interpreted as a reflection of her own psyche because she walks a tightrope between ecstasy and mental illness.
If Wilhelm Uhde (German art collector and noted art critic) hadn't happened to come up with one of her paintings, she might have remained unnoticed, led a normal life and died as a poor yet religious housekeeper.
Prosperity must have upset her mental balance.
She is put into a lunatic asylum.
It is a sad yet thought-provoking film.

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étoile
Apr 14, 2010

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étoile
Apr 14, 2010

Sexual Content: There is a nude scene where Seraphine is bathing in the river.

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