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The Lacemaker (1977)

La dentellière (original title)
A reserved young woman moves into an apartment with a young student she met while on vacation.

Director:

Claude Goretta

Writers:

Claude Goretta, Pascal Lainé (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Pomme
Yves Beneyton Yves Beneyton ... François
Florence Giorgetti Florence Giorgetti ... Marylène
Annemarie Düringer ... Pomme's mother (as Anne-Marie Düringer)
Renate Schroeter Renate Schroeter ... François' girlfriend (as Renata Schroeter)
Michel de Ré Michel de Ré ... The painter
Monique Chaumette ... La mère de François
Jean Obé Jean Obé ... Le père de François
Christian Baltauss Christian Baltauss ... Gérard
Christian Peythieu Christian Peythieu
Heribert Sasse Heribert Sasse
Jeanne Allard Jeanne Allard
Odile Poisson ... La caisière
Gilberte Géniat Gilberte Géniat ... (as Gilberte Geniat)
Sabine Azéma ... Corinne (as Sabine Azema)
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Timid, discreet, and humble, the guileless nineteen-year-old assistant hairdresser, Pomme, lives with her doting mother and works in a Parisian beauty salon. When Pomme's only friend and polar opposite--the experienced, sensuous and independent beautician, Marylène--decides to take her along on a vacation at the heart of Normandy, in the chic seaside resort of Cabourg, the virginal woman has a chance encounter with the cultivated literature student, Francois. Head-over-heels in love with each other, the young and inexperienced couple returns to Paris with big dreams; however, life is as exciting as it is complicated. Now, one of the ardent lovers has a change of heart. Is Francois and Pomme's cold separation inevitable? Written by Nick Riganas

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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A brilliant early role of Isabelle Huppert
17 July 2019 | by frankde-jongSee all my reviews

"La dentelliière" is "Pretty woman" (1990, Garry Marshall, difference between man and woman in wealth) or (even more) "My fair lady" (1964, George Cukor, difference between man and woman in education) without an happy end.

A student falls in love with a hairdresser. His attempts to "upgrade" her are not only an insult for the woman, but in so doing the man also destroys the woman he is in love with.

The introvert woman is played by a young Isabelle Huppert and it is hard to believe that only a year later she would play a very cynical person in "Violette Nozière" (1978, Claude Chabrol).

The film is rich in brilliant scenes. I just mention a few. (1) After meeting each other for the first time the man and the woman are searching for each other. Because each of them is looking at places where he/she expects the other they don't find one another. (2) The man introducing the woman to his parents. The father in law likes his daughter in law from the first moment. The mother in law keeps asking questions about her education and carreer opportunities. (3) The man is having heavy philosophical discussions with his study friends. When the woman aks afterwards what al these discussions were about, he is not capable of explaining it in normal words.

The film ends with a close up renimiscent of "The 400 blows" (1959, Francois Truffaut).


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Official Sites:

Swiss Films page

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lacemaker See more »

Filming Locations:

Cabourg, Calvados, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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