AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


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6/15/09

HE SAID, SHE SAID....Seraphine


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SHE SAID....

By Penelope Andrew
The Huffington Post

....The genre of the biopic can often disintegrate into one-dimensional parody. Provost and Moreau made a pact to portray Seraphine without trapping her in hysteria, sentimentality, and the stereotypes often associated with women, artists, and the mentally ill. They have presented us with an always charming, sometimes funny, and ultimately tragic portrait of a woman who is more than an artist or a mental patient. Seraphine is an authentic character we feel we know and care about.

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Penelope Andrew, a NYC-based writer who contributes to The Huffington Post and Critical Women on Film, is a member of the Women Film Critics Circle. A certified psychoanalytic psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker, she maintains a private psychotherapy practice in NYC.


HE SAID....

By Gerald Wright



This film is a French period piece written by Marc Abdelnour and Martin Provost, based on the life of French painter Seraphine Louis (Seraphine de Senlis) and the book Seraphine de Senlis by Alain Virdondelet. It is rooted in real events and can be viewed as constituting a representation of reality, rather than an act of creative expression.

Embodied in stylistically innovation, this costume drama examines the tragic story of Louis (1864-1942), a humble servant who works as a kitchen helper, washwoman and floor scrubber for mere wages to survive. She was born at Assy in the Oise, and as an orphan she spent her childhood watching over animals and felt she was always being looked down upon. Very little is known of her life or how she began to paint. This is a secret she kept from everyone her entire life.

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Gerald Wright
HDFEST.com
Film Showcase

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