Séraphin: Heart of Stone

Séraphin: Heart of Stone (French: Séraphin: un homme et son péché, Lit. "Séraphin: A man and his sin") is a Quebec film released in 2002. The script is based on the novel Un homme et son péché by Claude-Henri Grignon. The film won six Prix Jutra for Best Actor (Pierre Lebeau), Best Actress (Karine Vanasse), Cinematography, Art Direction, Musical Score and Sound. An earlier film, Un homme et son péché, based on the same novel, was released in 1950; the same novel was also the basis for the long-running dramatic television series Les Belles histoires des pays d'en haut.

Séraphin: Heart of Stone
Séraphin: un homme et son péché
Directed byCharles Binamé
Produced byLouis Laverdière
Luc Martineau
Written byPierre Billon
Charles Binamé
Lorraine Richard
Antonine Maillet
Based onUn homme et son péché by Claude-Henri Grignon
StarringPierre Lebeau
Karine Vanasse
Roy Dupuis
Music byMichel Cusson
Distributed byAlliance Atlantis Vivafilm
Release date
  • 29 November 2002 (2002-11-29)
Running time
128 min


In a small Quebec community at the end of the 19th century, due to her father's financial hardships, Donalda Laloge (Vanasse) is forced to marry the village miser (also the mayor), Séraphin Poudrier (Lebeau), and to leave behind the young man that she truly loves. Her beloved, Alexis (Roy Dupuis), returns from working at the lumber camps, unaware of these events.

Donalda is extremely unhappy living with Séraphin, as his miserly lifestyle is often at the expense of her personal well-being. This includes refusing to father children, and severely rationing meals. Donalda becomes very sick with a pneumonia-like illness. Alexis returns home meanwhile, and his realizing of the situation sparks tension among the villagers. Donalda dies from the disease shortly after his arrival. During Donalda's funeral, Séraphin realizes his home is on fire. He panics and runs into the blaze, succumbing to the flames as he attempts to save his wealth. Alexis pulls him out of the burning house. The villagers pry open Séraphin's hands, which are revealed to have been clutching coins.

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