DVD Review: Seraphine

By Drum Digital
01 September 2010

Rating 4/5

True-life drama. 2008. 121 min. With Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur and Anne Bennent. Director: Martin Provost. 13pg.

This well-crafted French-Belgian film with English subtitles is based on the life of Séraphine Louis (Moreau), a middle-aged cleaning lady who teaches herself to paint in her tiny room in Senlis, a town just outside Paris, in the early and middle part of the 20th century. Then Wilhelm Uhde (Tukur), a famous German art collector, takes her under his wing...

The film explores Séraphine and Wilhelm’s complicated relationship and goes some way towards explaining her eccentric persona and tree-hugging tendencies. It effectively captures this fascinating woman’s relationship with religion, art and mental illness, and although it’s not exactly a family film it’s perfect for a quiet night in.

A real eye-opener.

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