Séraphine (2008)

[Reposting August 11: Just watched this and loved it! Awesome biopic! Quiet little film that tugged at my heart.]

Winner of 7 César awards
including Best Picture and Best Actress (France)
Samples of Seraphine's work

Based on a true story, Séraphine Louis was a dowdy French woman who walked with an earnest gait and cleaned houses for rude aristocrats in the village of Senlis. She communed with nature by day and painted beautifully by candlelight while singing hymns at night. She made her own paint and her own wine, and her talent was on par with Van Gogh's, but she was treated poorly by her landlady-employer and nearly everyone else she encountered.
With a lack of confidence and a strong religious faith, Séraphine was humble and rarely shared her paintings, until a chance meeting with German collector, Wilhelm Uhde, who immediately recognized her talent. When he asked why she worked as a maid when she had "gold in her hands," Séraphine replied with a quote from St. Teresa of Avila, "Be ardent in your work, and you will find God in your cooking pots." (Quoted from KQED)
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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this!
    Anna

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  2. This looks quite interseting, you should also check out the trailer for the movie "Cracks" it's based off of Sheila Kohler's novel and set in the 1930's I believe. Looks interesting :)

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  3. Camille, I did see "Cracks" but it left me feeling uneasy rather than inspired the way that "Séraphine" did!

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  4. Yea, I know what you mean...I was hoping for more but felt a little disappointed. It was entertaining non the less :)

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