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A Common Thread (2004)
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Claire (Nymark), an unmarried pregnant teenager, finds an odd relation in Madame Mélikian (Ascaride), an older woman grieving over the death of her son.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lola Naymark ...
Claire Moutiers
Ariane Ascaride ...
Mme. Mélikian
Jackie Berroyer ...
M. Lescuyer (as Jacky Berroyer)
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Guillaume
Marie Félix ...
Lucile
Anne Canovas ...
Mme. Lescuyer
Marina Tomé ...
Gynecologist
Elisabeth Commelin ...
Mme. Moutiers
Christophe Hatey ...
Butcher
François Noël ...
Bike Guy
Yasmine Modestine ...
Nurse
Annie-Claude Sauton ...
Baker
Nathalie Kirzin ...
Round Woman
Ludivine Morissonaud ...
Clotilde
Arthur Quehen ...
Thomas
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When Claire learns that she is five months pregnant at the tender age of 17, she decides to give birth anonymously. She finds refuge with Madame Melikian, an embroiderer for haute couture designers. And, day by day, stitch by stitch, as Claire's belly grows rounder, the threads of embroidery create a filial bond between them. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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$2,183 (USA) (3 June 2005)

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$25,880 (USA) (11 November 2005)
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This film is a little chef-d'oeuvre (masterpiece).
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Although few things happen, there are so many things to observe. This movie takes its time with much love for details. It's very slow and quite calm, like the life in the french province. This film doesn't try to criticize social issues. It doesn't take a clear position but let the spectator find his own view. It shows a very individual side. Claire is so stubborn and proud, but beneath her layers of woolen cardigans, you can catch a glimpse of her sensitive and fearful interior. The sensibility in which the relationship between Claire and Mme Melikian is shown, is touching. Although the story of the young, pregnant girl without a future has been told several times, this one makes an exception and doesn't need the usual clichés As spectator you get the feeling to see very private moments, like a voyeur. A movie like this lets you forget that cinema is a mass media. In its stillness and sensibility it resembles a lot "The Girl with the Pearl Earring". Those who know the French film "M Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran" may remember the little red haired neighbor girl. Well, it has grown up and you can see her as the pregnant Claire. A remarkable little jewel of film. Hopefully some people will discover its beauty.


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