Séraphin: un homme et son péché (Heart of Stone) Reviews

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October 30, 2013
A very pretentious and melodramatic film that takes a good novel ,and butchers it to the point of pointing out all the subtleties and removing everything that was obvious. It's a soap opera with no style, class, or intelligence whatsoever. The actors of course do the best they can with a terrible script and so does the director. However, the score is award-worthy. The script is so muddled between criticizing avarice,the troubles of arranged marriage, and a character portrait of a wounded character. It takes away from Canadian cinema although box-office numbers say otherwise even though the actor and the score deserve so much better.
January 12, 2011
Tragedy set in the Quebec Laurentians. Solid acting especially from Pierre Lebeau and Karine Vanasse. Main problem is the weak screen adaptation of the original novel. The writers ought to have studied the screen adaptation of Jean de Floret to extract the essential elements of tragedy. Some interesting cinematography but the sound track was to sappy to be effective. Fight scene in the forest was the most realistic I've seen in a while - the director understands that getting punched in the face actually hurts and causes damage. Overall - 2.5 stars
November 12, 2010
A screen adaption about an uscrupulous man using his wealth to dominate a small community town in Québec. The pace of this film was slow and not quite gripping.
October 8, 2010
This movie was the best of all time. It was so touching and heartbreaking. Great acting work.
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