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Pierrette Dumortier
Sébastien Cotterot ...
Éric
Barbara Schulz ...
Nathalie Dumortier
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M. Delaunay
Christian Morin ...
Edmond Robert
Nathalie Lafaurie ...
Marcelle
Paul Minthe ...
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Vania Plemiannikov ...
Philippe
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Edmond Thibault
Clément Thomas ...
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Armelle ...
Le juge d'instruction
Aymard Du Vivier ...
Député Trémond
Roger Trapp ...
Maître Donizetti, expert
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Thérèse Rambert
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Pierrette Dumortier, a woman of character but weak-willed and defenseless against boredom, decides one fine day to leave her husband and her bourgeois life in Switzerland to return to Paris. She settles in the studio of her son in the suburbs, finds work in a college, meets the reconstituted rich family of his daughter, falls in love with a priest, sleeps with the fiance of his daughter and, after several adventures, is manipulated by a shady antiquarian, which will lead her to prison.

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Catherine Frot steals the show
27 September 1999 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

The Dilettante is a strange tale about Pierrette Dumortier (Catherine Frot) a woman who never takes things seriously. She sails through life taking the good and the bad as they happen, from place to place, work to work, or lover to lover. This rather original character is played in her oddly cheerful way by the excellent Catherine Frot. We never know who Pierrette really is, though people tend to react strongly (positively or negatively) to her presence. Perhaps the very fact that she never seems to care (only toward the end of the movie, during a very intense moment) makes it difficult for the viewer to care for her, but the movie is intriguing enough, sometimes genuinely funny, and Catherine Frot's acting is at her best.


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