June 5, 2009 (limited)
Studio: Music Box Films
Director: Martin Provost
Screenwriter: Martin Provost, Marc Abdelnour
Starring: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent, Genevieve Mnich, Nico Rogner, Adelaide Leroux, Serge Lariviere, Françoise Lebrun
Genre: Drama, War
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Official Website: Seraphinemovie.com
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Plot Summary: "Séraphine" is the story of Séraphine Louis aka Séraphine de Senlis (Yolande Moreau), a simple and profoundly devout housekeeper who in 1905 at age 41, self-taught and with the instigation of her guardian angel began painting brilliantly colorful canvases. In 1912 Wilhelm Uhde (Ulrich Tukur), a German art critic and collector - he was one of the first collectors of Picasso and champion of naïve primitive painter Le Douanier Rousseau - discovered her paintings while she worked for him as a maid in his house in Senlis outside Paris. A moving and unexpected relationship develops between the avant-garde art dealer and the visionary cleaning lady leading to Séraphine's work being grouped with other naïve painters – the so-called "Sacred Heart Painters" - with acclaimed shows in France, elsewhere in Europe and eventually at New York's MOMA. Martin Provost's poignant portrait of this now largely forgotten painter is a testament to the mysteries of creativity and the resilience of one woman's spirit.
A sleeper hit in France last fall, "Séraphine" went on to a surprise win of the Best Picture and Best Actress for Yolande Moreau along with five other awards at the Cesars - the French Academy Awards.