Slow but worth every minute,
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This review is from: Seraphine [DVD]  (DVD)
I had never heard of the artist Seraphine before and stumbled upon this film by accident - and I'm glad I did. A wonderful depiction of the 'quiet desperation' of a seeming 'non-entity' - ignored by all or at least treated with contempt as a cleaning woman who 'wasn't all there' mentally. She was all there but just saw the world differently to those around her. Her obsession with painting in her unique way in a style that became know as 'naive art' cut her off from those around her. It's a marvellous exploration of how one woman's total devotion to her art eventually lead her to a total exclusion from her peers and ending up in that symbol of absolute seperation - the Asylum.
It's a sad end to her life but it's not certain that it could have ended any other way. It's a very relaxing visually pleasant film - well worth watching even if you have no interest in painting like myself. It is still a welcome film on the human condition - gifted or not.