7. Yolande Moreau as Seraphine Louis

Character: Seraphine Louis

Film: Seraphine

Year Released: 2008

The story of Seraphine centers around an unbecoming house maid in the town of Senlis, who paints every night before bed while singing the hymns of the convent in which she was raised. The famous art collector Wilhelm Uhde(who discovered Picasso and Rousseau) happens upon one of her paintings while visiting the house in which she works and is amazed to discover who the artist is. A story equally inspiring and devastating, Seraphine lives a life of hardship and has been given no advantages, and yet she sees beauty in so much of the world and adds still a bit more. The film won seven Cesars(the French Oscars) upon release, including Best Actress.

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