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Seraphine [DVD] [2008]

Yolande Moreau , Ulrich Tukur , Martin Provost    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent, Genevieve Mnich, Nico Rogner
  • Directors: Martin Provost
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Metrodome Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Z9HBQA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,050 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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French drama based on the true story of French primitive painter Seraphine de Senlis. In 1914, celebrated German art critic and collector Wilhelm Uhde (Ulrich Tukur) decides to rent an apartment in the small French town of Senlis, north of Paris, in order to write and have a break from city life. When he spots a small painting in the drawing room of his landlady, Madame Duphot (Genevieve Mnich), he is amazed to discover that it is the work of none other than her cleaning lady, the rough, plain and somewhat emotionally unhinged Seraphine (Yolande Moreau). Uhde immediately insists on seeing the rest of Seraphine's paintings, and before long a major new talent is introduced into the rarefied world of 20th-century European art.

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French drama based on the true story of French primitive painter Seraphine de Senlis. In 1914, celebrated German art critic and collector Wilhelm Uhde (Ulrich Tukur) decides to rent an apartment in the small French town of Senlis, north of Paris, in order to write and have a break from city life. When he spots a small painting in the drawing room of his landlady, Madame Duphot (Genevieve Mnich), he is amazed to discover that it is the work of none other than her cleaning lady, the rough, plain and somewhat emotionally unhinged Seraphine (Yolande Moreau). Uhde immediately insists on seeing the rest of Seraphine's paintings, and before long a major new talent is introduced into the rarefied world of 20th-century European art.

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155 of 156 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This film, which has won many French Academy awards including best picture and best actress, tells the true story of Seraphine Louis, a middle-aged cleaner and maid, who, living alone in the town of Serlis in great poverty, is driven through religious fervour to paint. She mixes pigments from natural elements - pondweed, flowers, blood from the butcher's shop, wax from the church candles - and her paintings, which are not of religious subjects but of trees, flowers and fruit, the things she sees around her, are colourful, beautifully crafted and quite original. Quite by chance a distinguished German connoisseur, collector and dealer, Wilhelm Uhde, sees one of her paintings. From there and over a long period of time her story develops, not straightforwardly (the First War intervenes, Uhde has to flee France, he assumes she has died but finds her again almost by chance) but eventually productively, so that her work is recognised and bought by collectors, but there is a cost for her - or perhaps her own peculiar nature works itself out - and her personal story does not end happily. Now her paintings are highly valued and, as Seraphine de Senlis, she is regarded as an important artist.

It is an astonishing story, very faithfully told in this often beautiful film. Much of the film is slow-paced, entirely appropriately for its subject, but it does not drag. The visual composition and cinematography are marvellous. The world of pre-War and post-War rural France is convincingly recreated.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking 17 Mar 2010
By Ingrid
Format:DVD
It is a wonderful film - with wonderful filming and a wonderful interpretation by Yolande Moreau as Seraphine Louis!
The colours are important not only in Seraphine's paintings but in the filming as well. You really get to understand how hard life was for her. And yet she was able to use the nights to paint wonderful paintings.
The film made an enormous impact on me, I felt really worn-out after the film finished, so many emotions were to be handled. Tears and some comic, understanding the tragedy and the beauty of her life.
Highly recommended!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film 27 Sep 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What a beautiful film, delicately written and executed it is both inspirational and sad. As I'm not fluent in French the sub-titles helped. A most enjoyable film, albeit not a happy one. Hauntingly beautiful. As an art lover I was eager to learn more about this artist.
I believe the film allowed me a glimpse into Seraphine's innocent and tragic life....I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who is interested in knowing more about this little known artist.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By technoguy VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Seraphine is a magnificent film of what was to me an unknown French artist,Seraphine Louis,an impoverished cleaner,who was an extraordinary naïve painter.Self-taught,inspired by her religious faith,she had an inner compulsion to express divinely inspired visions through painting,reflections of a psyche walking a tightrope between ecstasy and mental illness.Alongside her arduous day jobs,Seraphine(Yolande Moreau) painted by candlelight,largely in secret isolation,until her considerable body of work was discovered by William Uhde(Ulrich Tukur),German art collector,who was mesmerized.

For most of her life, Séraphine painted in total obscurity, scrimping together enough money from the various types of menial labor on which she subsisted to buy a few art supplies. She mixed these with pigments of her own devising, colors distilled from plant and animal sources familiar to Séraphine from years of tending flocks and other outdoor work. These vibrant colors, which struck Uhde's eye as so unusual, are one of the hallmarks of her work. The subject of almost all of her paintings is the flora of the region where she lived, generally viewed from close up and refracted through the bizarre lens of Séraphine's inner vision. She claimed that heavenly voices directed her to paint, visions that later became delusions strong enough to land her in a mental asylum in Clermont, where she died after a long incarceration. These plants, often dotted and striped like caterpillars or other insects, seem to quiver with life, making them seem more like the fauna of a psychotic landscape.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seraphine, the film 31 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
The film, Seraphine, is about a relatively little-known painter who lived a hard life of toil, with small moments of enjoyment. Her works are now appreciated, but generally she was not acknowledged widely during her lifetime.
The film is a most sensitive portayal of the most important period in her life and of the chance meeting of the art dealer who came to live in her village in France prior to WW1.
Brilliantly directed and acted, this film can be highly recommended to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the film but the adverts and clips of goodness ...
I loved the film but the adverts and clips of goodness knows what before we got the the film was not needed or wanted by me the. Read more
Published 2 months ago by maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars Seraphine DVD
Brlliant film, if sad. True story which radiates the natural charm of the French countryside and a more simple way of life, that was hard but more in tune with the realities of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. B. Oldmeadow
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
This is the kind of film that reminds you why we should all be grateful for European (in particular French) cinema. Beautiful, poignant and unpredictable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Godbless
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story
All the better for being based on a true paiunter's life. As a painter myself, not many films accurately portray a painter's life, even an odd ball one, but this does very well,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by R M MEYER
4.0 out of 5 stars Orders
Enjoyed this DVD, a pity it was not in English. Nothing else to add. I watched it once and enjoyed.
Published 8 months ago by Ms B. Brennan
4.0 out of 5 stars Nobody does down and out like the French
Martin Provost has taken a fascinating real-life story and turned it into a very moving and evocative film about the desire to create art; human suffering during war and mental... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nicky Bacon
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
The main character was incredibly well acted. You can really imagine how Seraphine must have felt and why she reacted as she did. Read more
Published 13 months ago by mary luthers
5.0 out of 5 stars Grounded in authenticity & stripped of celebrity appeal.
In biopic style and unpretentious, underplaying the notion of being a drama in favour of a portrayal of the challenges and inner struggles that beset any genuine artist. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Terry W painter
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Really enjoyed this film. Even though it was subtitled it didn't detract from the film. The main actress was a women of few words anyway and played the role admirably
Published 16 months ago by helen o'meara
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Yolande Moreau gives a stunning performance in her role as Seraphine Louis She is supported by amongst others by Ulrich Tukur as Wilhelm Uhde. Read more
Published 16 months ago by andy
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