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Seraphine

 

France 2008, 125 minutes
Dir. Martin Provost
In French with English subtitles
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama / Arts & Artists

Topics: Biopic, Period - 1910s, Period 1920s.

 

Aroview: Intimate, Cesar-winning portrait of troubled French artist Seraphine de Senlis, a little-known painter who worked as an impoverished housekeeper during the day and frantically painted during the night.

Considered to be an outsider artist or "primitivist" with no formal training or pretentions of the art world, and mentored by a German art dealer patron, this portrays a relationship not unlike that of Vincent and Theo Van Gogh, and no less tragic. While it conforms to the straight biopic format, this reflects the mood and mystique of Seraphine's unusual yet simple personality and 'gift', but some may miss the alluring romanticism one usually associates with French period cinema.

NZ International Film Festival 2009

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