Séraphine (2009)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 5, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Seraphine is a well-crafted French film that effectively captures one woman's experience with art, religion, and mental illness, and features a brilliant performance from Yolande Moreau.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

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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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

This utterly beguiling biopic about a cleaning lady with the artistic gifts of a Van Gogh is just a bit special.

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Provost's film has few equals in depicting the dangerous territory between artistic inspiration and madness.

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Eddie Cockrell

A naive, between-the-wars French painter is brought to vivid life in the satisfying fact-inspired drama Seraphine.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gives testimony to the human spirit.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

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.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Seraphine is rare in its sympathetic focus on a laborer, yet refined in its execution.

Jon Frosch
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Thoughtful as it is, the movie lacks the poetry or point of view to see its idea through with force.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
This film is decent, to say the most. To call it a masterpiece is too much... This biographical story revolves around a poor cleaner who turns out to have… More
Walter M.
Sometimes art comes from the most unexpected places, and that is especially true of Seraphine Louis(Yolande Moreau) who in 1914 takes all sorts of odd jobs… More
Mark Hobin
Period drama uses the "tortured genius" blueprint to tell the story of Séraphine Louis, a mentally disturbed housekeeper, with a secret passion to… More
John Ballantine
Close but not the full set of marks from me. I found it a bit too slow moving at times. It is possible to develop a complex character without taking it at a… More
Mark Abell
An excellent bio-pic of the primitive artist, Seraphine de Senlis (the fabulous Yolande Moreau), who heard voices that told her to paint the most intricate,… More
August Seria
Beautifully calm yet tragic, this poignant and honest drama about the life of a genius painter was intensely inspirational and saddening at the same time.… More

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