French drama based on the true story of French primitive painter Seraphine de Senlis. In 1914, celebrated German art critic and collector Wilhelm Uhde (Ulrich Tukur) decides to rent an apartment in the small French town of Senlis, north of Paris, in order to write and have a break from city life. When he spots a small painting in the drawing room of his landlady, Madame Duphot (Genevieve Mnich), he is amazed to discover that it is the work of none other than her cleaning lady, the rough, plain and somewhat emotionally unhinged Seraphine (Yolande Moreau). Uhde immediately insists on seeing the rest of Seraphine's paintings, and before long a major new talent is introduced into the rarefied world of 20th-century European art.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Swedish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Behind the scenes, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: In a series of remarkable events inspired by a true story, Maria Heiskanen stars as Maria Larsson, a Finnish mother and housewife who devotes all of her attention, care, and consideration to the well-being of her family -- but, like many homemakers, does so at the expense of her own identity and self-awareness. Not that her dockworker husband, Sigge (Mikael Persbrandt), particularly deserves such consideration; a brutish, alcoholic lout, his evenings consist of making life hell for Maria and their daughter with tyrannical, abusive behaviour. Then, as the dockworkers go on strike and the family's economic situation plummets, a ray of hope appears, in the form of a Contessa camera won in a local lottery. Unsurprisingly, Maria at first attempts to pawn it to reel in extra monies, but store owner Sebastian Pedersen convinces her otherwise; he teaches her how to use it, and she begins taking gorgeous, haunting photographs with the unaffected, instinctive perceptions of a young child. As the woman's self-discovery builds and her identity takes on form and definition, Sebastian unofficially takes her on as a protégée and quietly witnesses romantic feelings for her building inside of him. Meanwhile, Sigge's life falls to pieces when the authorities connect him with the catastrophic explosion of a British vessel. Maria's daughter, Maja (Callin Ohrvall), narrates. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Golden Globes, ...Everlasting Moments ( Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick ) ( Die ewigen Augenblicke der Maria Larsson )
Senlis, Piccardia, 1914. Séraphine Louis è un'umile governante che di giorno lavora come donna delle pulizie e lavandaia a cottimo e di notte dipinge fra le mura di un piccolo appartamento. Séraphine non ha alcuna conoscenza delle tecniche pittoriche. La sua arte trae forza dalla fede religiosa e dalla contemplazione delle forme della natura. Un giorno, presso la casa nella quale presta servizio, viene ad alloggiare il celebre critico d'arte tedesco Wilhelm Uhde, fra i più importanti collezionisti e mecenati delle esposizioni parigine. Uhde, dopo aver scoperto per caso uno dei quadri della domestica, rimane impressionato dai colori e dalla grande vitalità della sua arte e decide di coltivarne il talento.
Suzanne (Kristin Scott Thomas) and her husband Samuel (Yvan Attal) enjoy a pleasant, middle-class life with their two children. When she decides to go back to work as a physiotherapist, Suzanne is brought into contact with a builder called Ivan (Sergi Lopez), a gruff and burly odd-job man who has recently been released from prison. Their mutual attraction is sudden and violent, sending them on a whirlwind affair of the senses. As Suzanne's life spirals out of control, she must decide between her family and living this all-engulfing passion to the full. A stunning portrait of the destructive consequences that love can have, Leaving is at once a blissful account of amour fou and a searing insight into the romantic soul, held together by a scintillating performance from Kristin Scott Thomas.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: It's the beginning of the WWII. South of France. Beautiful village girl Patricia (Astrid Berges-Frisbey), 18, is the oldest daughter of a well-digger, Pascal (Daniel Auteuil), who considers her a princess because of her moral qualities. She's kind, devoted. One day, she briefly meets a young man, Jacques, the son of Mazel, owner of the shop where her father buy his material. He's handsome and teasing. Her father's friend, Felipe, would love to marry her, and he invites her to an aviation show. She accepts his invitation only because she knows Jacques is a pilot and will be there. Soon, she'll carry his child, and he'll be gone, and the family will have to deal with this out-of-wedlock pregnancy... ...The Well-Digger's Daughter ( La fille du puisatier ) ( The Well Digger's Daughter )
Emma (Tilda Swinton), the matriarch of a wealthy Milanese family, lives in a carefully ordered world where her duty towards husband and children dominates. But a chance encounter ignites long repressed passions and sets her on a journey of sexual awakening
Séraphine är den sanna historien om en medelålders kvinna som arbetar
som hembiträde i en liten stad i Frankrike. Hon anses vara lite egen, och
sin lediga tid ägnar hon åt måleri. Av en händelse får den tyske
konstkritikern Uhde syn på en av hennes säregna målningar. Han blir djupt
tagen av hennes bilder och uppmuntrar henne. När första världskriget
bryter ut kommer de ifrån varandra. Séraphine fortsätter att måla och
återigen av en slump träffas de igen. Uhde tar Séraphine under sina
vingars beskydd medan hon målar några av sina mest fantastiska verk,
men med tiden sjunker hon allt längre in i galenskapen.