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Needs a visionary,
This review is from: Seraphine [DVD]  (DVD)
I read the favourable reviews here on Amazon. So I bought it. And of course Amazon reviews aren't always very reliable (of which this review might be one for most of you)
And actually it was pretty conventional. Like costume dramas often are. And not especially challenging either. Like bio-pics invariably also are. This has got a paint-by-numbers formulaic feel to it.
Nothing much in the presentation of this "visionary artist" brought her vision vibrantly, or vividly, to life.
The basic story is: domestic cleaner cum untutored painter meets educated cultured gay German art critic. And he recognises, then champions, her naive "native" genius.
"When i feel sad i go for a walk, i touch the trees, i talk to the birds, the flowers, the insects and I always feel better" she's saying to him. She even gives him some of her "energy wine".
"Go back to your cleaning you have better things to do" says Mistress on seeing her painting of apples.
"Be ardent in your work, and you will find God in your cooking pots" she says to him. But he doesn't want her mopping the floor he wants her painting her pictures.
Verdict: a solid, slow-told, superficially polished Sunday evening drama (probably too slow for Beeb 1, more like a Beeb 4 production)
It needed more crazy ecstasy about it. Far too tame. Where's Werner Herzog when you need him?!
A dour and oddly uninspiring film.
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Initial post: 19 Nov 2012 12:50:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Nov 2012 12:51:11 GMT
If you read the biography of this painter, you'd see her life was pretty much dour and uninspiring by itself.
The fact she rose above it to produce such wonderful paintings is what the film is trying to put across.
I do admire the clear and honest way in which you state your opinion.
Which is why I rate up your review even though I don't agree with it.
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