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Martin Provost | 2008 | 125 MINS
France | Subtitles
Audience Award - 2009

A deceptively subtle tale based on the true story of the life and art of a simple maid discovered by a German art critic in the French town of Senlis on the eve of the First World War.

In Detail

Primitivist painter and outsider Séraphine (Yolande Moreau) toils as a maidservant in 1914 in Senlis, France.

She harbours a secret passion for painting in the evenings, one that is discovered by German art collector Wilhelm Uhde. Impressed by her significant talent, Uhde is determined to bring her art to the world.

What makes this slow, intense film so compelling is its persuasive creation of complex characters: You scarcely believe Moreau is an actor and that the film isn't, on some level, archival footage of the real painter.

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