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The Lacemaker (1977)
"La dentellière" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  8 October 1977 (USA)
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Beatrice is a very reserved and quiet young woman. Her friend Marylene is left by her lover and brings her to Cabourg (Normandy) for a few days' vacation. There, Beatrice, an apprentice ... See full summary »

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Pomme
Yves Beneyton ...
François
Florence Giorgetti ...
Marylène
Annemarie Düringer ...
Pomme's mother (as Anne-Marie Düringer)
Renate Schroeter ...
François' girlfriend (as Renata Schroeter)
Michel de Ré ...
The painter
Monique Chaumette ...
La mère de François
Jean Obé ...
Le père de François
Christian Baltauss ...
Gérard
Christian Peythieu
Heribert Sasse
Jeanne Allard
Odile Poisson ...
La caisière
Gilberte Géniat ...
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Corinne (as Sabine Azema)
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Beatrice is a very reserved and quiet young woman. Her friend Marylene is left by her lover and brings her to Cabourg (Normandy) for a few days' vacation. There, Beatrice, an apprentice hairdresser, meets Francois, a middle-class intellectual. Francois becomes her first lover, but their social and cultural differences get in the way of happiness. Written by Yepok

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Straight lovestory just restraining its surrealism
3 February 2004 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

This is a lovely film, although just too far divorced from any engaging melodrama to really sell itself. It's very up-to-date, urban backdrops and the distracting energy of the soixante-huitard creating another layer of narrative, largely to emphasise the split between the educated Francois (Beneyton) and Huppert's beautician Pomme. It's spiced up with a brilliant turn from Florence Giorgetti as the heart on (see-through)sleeve Marylene - whose lifestyle will Pomme choose, loving morally straightjacketed monogamy with Francois or philosophy shunning hedonism with all its frivolity and heartbreak?

Michael Cimino used The Lacemaker to sell Huppert to the producers of the ill-fated Heaven's Gate - it was Huppert's inscrutability in role that Cimino wanted to put alongside Kristoffersen's all-American hero of the latter picture. One can't help thinking that Huppert may only have one gear. With the exception of, in fact, a feisty performance in Heaven's Gate and a comic turn in Chabrol's The Ceremony, riveting deadpan is her modus operandi. Here in The Lacemaker we get a premium balance of an acting range controlled beneath a surface which is as much to stop her passion bursting forth as to portray the modesty of her character. It's as good as it gets, but that's very good. 5/10


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