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Séraphin: un homme et son péché (2002)

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A young woman is forced to marry an old greedy man to save her father from bankruptcy although she has promised her heart to another man.


Charles Binamé
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Lebeau ... Séraphin Poudrier
Karine Vanasse ... Donalda Laloge
Roy Dupuis ... Alexis Labranche
Rémy Girard ... Père Laloge
Robert Brouillette ... Bidou Laloge
Céline Bonnier ... Nanette
Benoît Brière ... Jambe de Bois
Yves Jacques ... Notaire Le Potiron
Anne-Marie Cadieux ... Olympe Le Potiron
Pierrette Robitaille ... Mme Malterre
Julien Poulin ... Père Ovide
Normand Chouinard ... Curé Raudin
Robert Lalonde ... Docteur Cyprien
Louise Portal ... Delphine Lacoste
Marie Tifo ... Délima Greenwood


Séraphin unfolds against the severe and achingly beautiful landscape of rural Quebec in 1889, where young lovers are torn from each other when a bankrupt shopkeeper forces his daughter into an arranged marriage to save his business. But true love cannot be denied... Written by Stephen Kirkham

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French | English

Release Date:

December 2002 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Les belles histoires des Pays-d'en-Haut See more »

Filming Locations:

Mandeville, Québec, Canada See more »


Box Office


CAD6,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$880,723, 1 December 2002

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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When Alexis comes back from the north the first time and he is seen through the doctor's window walking in the village, snow can be seen everywhere on the ground. A few minutes later outside on a different shot there's barely any snow left anywhere on the ground. See more »

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Not Les Belles Histoires!!!
1 June 2004 | by myersanSee all my reviews

Too many people thought this was going to be a splashy production of les Belles Histoires du Pays d'en Haut. Unfortunately that series is long gone and the main actors are no longer with us either. The series was a laundered version of Un Homme et son Peche (sorry no accents on my keyboard) which was a brutal novel about avarice. Avarice is one of the seven deadly sins and Claude-Henri Grignon (the author) wanted to show this in the context of a rural Quebec setting. French-Canada has a mythology and Seraphin Poudrier the mean and cruel became with the help of Radio-Canada Seraphin the miserable and sometimes ok tightwad. Otherwise the series would have become unbearable, I mean, how can you love a man who deforms his wife's dead body to fit in a cheap coffin??? Grignon worked on the series so it was done with his blessing and as a result French-Canada ended up with a sanitized version that became its best-loved series ever. Indeed, to this day, anyone over 40 will fondly remember the adventures of a group of hard working French Canadians in the colonial era during the late 1890's. They were easily identifiable and very human. Naturally those who did not read the novel were shocked at the baseness of the main character Seraphin Poudrier. Jean-Pierre Masson's magistral interpretation of his character in the series was nothing short of absolute perfection. Sadly he became so typecast that he died a drunken miserable person who tried to escape this identity with very few actually realizing that he was indeed a first-class actor.

The French-Canadian society in Quebec is very selfish in a loving way and will not let its heroes go. Being so insular, it will raise its favorites to the highest level but at what cost. Anyway, the novel was a classic and must be studied to understand another view of French-Canadian rural mores. Today Quebec has become a dreary socialist third-world type society and frankly I miss the older more pictoresque place. The present day society: anti-religious, vociferously anti-English and very stupid about it, double names, silly socialism etc.. is not to my liking. Oh well...

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