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La dilettante (1999)

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... See full summary »

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Pascal Thomas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Frot ... Pierrette Dumortier
Sébastien Cotterot Sébastien Cotterot ... Éric
Barbara Schulz Barbara Schulz ... Nathalie Dumortier
Jacques Dacqmine ... M. Delaunay
Christian Morin Christian Morin ... Edmond Robert
Nathalie Lafaurie Nathalie Lafaurie ... Marcelle
Paul Minthe Paul Minthe ... Prêtre en soutane
Vania Vadim Vania Vadim ... Philippe (as Vania Plemiannikov)
Jean Desailly ... Edmond Thibault
Clément Thomas Clément Thomas ... L'avocat de Pierrette
Armelle Armelle ... Le juge d'instruction
Aymard Du Vivier Aymard Du Vivier ... Député Trémond
Roger Trapp Roger Trapp ... Maître Donizetti, expert
Jean-François Balmer ... Le président du tribunal
Marie-Christine Barrault ... 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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 July 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dyletantka See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Around 01:04:00, Pierrette drinks and the amount of champagne is at the level of her finger. Around 01:04:10, the amount of champagne is higher. See more »

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Spoofs Taxi (1998) See more »

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Catherine Frot steals the show
27 September 1999 | by gtranSee 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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