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Belgian actress Yolande Moreau headlines this biopic, starring as a little-known but uncommonly brilliant painter. Frenchwoman Séraphine Louis (Moreau), aka Séraphine de Senlis, lived from 1864 to 1942. Though ostensibly a shepherdess and housekeeper whose chief duties involved cooking, cleaning, and ironing, in her off-hours Séraphine joyously turned to natural elements of the outdoor world, with which she felt a tremendous degree of emotional and spiritual communion. Séraphine channeled these undying passions through painting, and, having only the scantest materials at hand, created paints… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"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."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"This utterly beguiling biopic about a cleaning lady with the artistic gifts of a Van Gogh is just a bit special."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Provost's film has few equals in depicting the dangerous territory between artistic inspiration and madness."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Filmwell
"Engrossing, well-shot bio-pic ... which won seven Cesars, including Best Picture, from the French Academy in 2008, has a gorgeous antique look and a surfeit of empathy. A lovely, lingering film."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It's like reading the introductory essay in an exhibition catalogue, except that it takes two hours. Personally, I couldn't stop thinking of Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent."
‑ Nicholas Barber, Independent on Sunday
"A naive, between-the-wars French painter is brought to vivid life in the satisfying fact-inspired drama Seraphine."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"Yolande Moreau plays the industrious but touched washerwoman-turned-painter Séraphine de Senlis with an open-faced conviction that is almost unnerving in its intensity."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Gives testimony to the human spirit."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's a plodding film in its storytelling, but with a sensitive attitude to its subject. In its best moments, it simply wonders at the rapturous state in which this devout Christian creates her art."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"This biopic, which swept the board at the Césaires, is somewhat over-inclined to reverence and simplification; but it is also, some of the time, rewarding and touching."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
"Provost and cowriter Marc Abdelnour explore the mutable boundaries between spirituality, naivete, genius, and madness, showing how the two outsiders and polar opposites cultivated a mutual understanding."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Seraphine is rare in its sympathetic focus on a laborer, yet refined in its execution."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Thoughtful as it is, the movie lacks the poetry or point of view to see its idea through with force."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"Séraphine is a deceptively subtle tale."
‑ Jason Solomons, Guardian
"This true story dragged out for so long that I ceased to care."
‑ Alex Zane, Sun Online
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