Painting by Séraphine de Senlis
I guess I am a bit late to the party on this one, as it came out in 2008! I'd never heard of it until I went on Mary Ann Moss' very creative blog, Dispatch From L.A.! Thanks Mary Ann!
I love films about artists. They don't even have to be "great" films for me to like them! (I am pretty picky about everything else!) They can just be so-so and I will be intrigued and often inspired by them.
Last night I saw Séraphine, about French artist Seraphine Louis (also known as Seraphine de Senlis.) Happily it was far beyond "so-so." It was a lovely and moving film with wonderful actors and was beautifully photographed. I like movies directed with a bit of restraint as well. So much was understated and it was nice not seeing some gorgeous famous actress dressed down for the role. Yolande Moreau gave a touching, believable performance and it's difficult imagining anyone else in the role.
I highly recommend renting it if you are like me and missed it! I also enjoyed the special features including a slideshow of the artists work which was mostly from the 1920s.
While we are on the subject of talented, unbalanced, female, French artists ...
This was one of my first foreign films and blew my mind way back in 1998. Isabella Adjani was so amazing as Camille Claudel, I couldn't decide if it made me want to act or sculpt! I did both for while until I went with acting. (For a long time anyway.) I haven't seen it in many years but I suspect it holds up and if you are an artist you can't go wrong with a biopic about Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin.
Of course, I can't help myself. I love a biopic!
I have seen Pollack, Frida and the semi-biographical one about Modigliani with Andy Garcia ... any other suggestions?