Living a meager life as a maid in a small town north of Paris in 1912, Seraphine Louis carries a secret and almost fanatical passion to express her divinely inspired visions through painting. Without training and resources Seraphinc feverishly creates her art with all the minutiae of her rural life that come to hand: wine, mud, fruits and flowers all merge in the astonishing conception of her paintings. Seraphine's modest life and hidden talent are changed forever when she is discovered by a German art critic and dealer who is mesmerized by her paintings and encourages her to leave her home for Paris and expose her art to the world, But as Saphine paints her most inspired pieces and her reputation soars to startling heights, her life begins to spiral out of control into the realms of madness.
Better as a Documentary than as Entertainment
- Seraphine review by CP Customer
This award-winning film, with its high calibre acting and fascinating subject should have made a dramatic entertainment. There is drama or lyricism in the subject (her obsessive painting, her belief in her divine inspiration, and her later madness). But the drama is not delivered by the film's flat direction (whilst the film, writing, actress, costume, design, cinematography and music all won their categories at the César Awards - the Director Martin Provost did not)
I found this story very absorbing. I enjoyed the way Seraphine went about her menial jobs and found ways to make her own paints with quiet determination and great intensity. She inspired me to paint more. A art film, lingering on the simple rustic setting beautifully.