We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Séraphine is one of the most evocative films about an artist I’ve ever seen—and in its treatment of madness one of the least condescending." (New York Magazine) Séraphine, which swept the Césars with seven wins earlier this year, is a dramatic new biopic from French director Martin Provost. Once a humble servant in a small town, Séraphine de Senlis rose to prominence as a self-taught “naïve” painter. Her discovery by art critic and collector Wilhelm Uhde, however, led to the fame and fortune that eventually cut her off from her inspiration, and ultimately to her unraveling. This film—a throwback to the European tradition of vintage arthouse storytelling—was described by the L.A. Times as “an examination, both unsettling and deeply touching, of the sources of creativity, the vagaries of renown, and the complexities of relationships.” Martin Provost. 2008. 125 m. NR. France/Belgium, French/German/with subtitles. Music Box Films.