This incredible biopic stars Yolande Moreau (also seen in MICMACS) in the title role as artist Séraphine Louis (now known as Séraphine de Senlis). When the German art critic Wilhelm Uhde (Ulrich Tukur) and his sister Anne-Marie (Anne Bennent) move into the small town of Senlis, he’s shocked to discover the paintings of local maid Séraphine Louis who, living in poverty, creates the paints for her works using materials as diverse as animal blood, church candles and soil. Until her discovery by Uhde she was regarded as something of a joke by those around her and his interest in her ultimately offers the chance of national recognition. Sadly, this success proves to be fleeting.
Director and co-writer Martin Provost elicits a truly remarkable performance from Moreau, a deserved winner of the best actress César (Séraphine won seven, including best film).