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Seraphine
Seraphine

Séraphine

2008
Drama, War
2h 5m
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. One day, Wilhelm who has been invited by his landlady, notices a small painting lying about in her living room. He is stunned to learn that the artist is no other than Séraphine.
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74th
75
A movie about the unknowable, intangible (and, as this movie occasionally suggests, divine) inspiration for art. But, in contrasting the sublimity of Seraphine's art with the destruction it wreaks on her life, it's also unbearably tragic.
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47th
70
The pre-war section of this is wonderfully done, with Provost and Moreau working very well in tandem to create a nuanced character on the borders of sanity. The attention paid to composition and flora is essential and superbly done, providing a lush and still world to be twisted into paint. The problem is the giant leap it makes, across far too many years, to Uhde & Louis' reconnection. The gap ruins to flow of the film, and the remainder feels like a summation, a rush to the pat biopic truth.
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75th
70
An intelligent biopic with full and interesting characters. Subjects of culturedness vs naivety in art, treatment of mental illness, class relations and human connection are each touched upon lightly but always astutely and with sensitivity to historical context. Skilled directing and the performances are top-notch, Moreau's is really great.
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75th
84
A fascinating film that succeeds for me in two key ways: the strength of the lead performance, particularly the way in which Moreau manages to keep us off balance about Seraphine's motives and interior life. She's recognizably human, but masked by her outward naivete. Secondly, the film brings us to the precipice at which stands the sublime, an absolutely captivating place, but one that's fraught with danger.
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57th
78
It was nice to find out about the life of a great but unheralded painter. Yolande Moreau gives a fine performance as the quirky but troubled artist, while the mise-en-scene shows off plenty of period detail. In terms of narrative structure, it's unfortunate that the film ends on such a downer. The first half was almost perfect, but after her first taste of money it's one long emotional downhill. I was glad they also showed her at work creating, and tried to get inside the mind of the painter.
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