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Henri, a young painter, enjoyed early success in the roller-coaster New York art scene, but now he finds himself creatively blocked and increasingly alienated from his wife. He turns for inspiration to his reclusive, schizophrenic aunt, Aloise. Her drawings thrill and challenge Henri, tempting him with thoughts of selling her work as his own. Eloise is based on a Swiss “outsider artist” born in 1886, who spent most of her life in an asylum and whose work was exhibited by Jean Dubuffet as part of the Art Brut movement.


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