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Séraphine by Martin Provost

2008 | France & Belgium | 125 min

As part of the film series Vies d’Artistes, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy presents a screening of the film Séraphine.

Winner of the 2009 César Award for Best Film, Séraphine by Martin Provost dips in and out in the chaotic life of the little-known yet incredibly brilliant French painter, Séraphine Louis (1864 to 1942), who is masterfully interpreted by Yolande Moreau.

As a middle-aged housekeeper, Séraphine has an outstanding talent for painting. She channels her passion for nature through arts, and meets a noted German art critic who is eager to promote her works. This ephemeral meeting, immediately complicated by the war, allows the artist to escape eternal anonymity.

As the film progresses, the imperfect exchange between artist and critic unveils the intensity of emotions and ideas that painting can evoke.

Following drama and tragedy, Séraphine dives into emotional isolation in the wake of the Great Depression despite her new material success.

In French with English subtitles.