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Brodeuses (2004)

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

Director:

Éléonore Faucher

Writers:

Éléonore Faucher, Gaëlle Macé (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ariane Ascaride ... Mme. Mélikian
Lola Naymark Lola Naymark ... Claire Moutiers
Jackie Berroyer ... M. Lescuyer (as Jacky Berroyer)
Thomas Laroppe ... Guillaume
Marie Félix Marie Félix ... Lucile
Anne Canovas ... Mme. Lescuyer
Marina Tomé Marina Tomé ... Gynecologist
Élisabeth Commelin Élisabeth Commelin ... Mme. Moutiers (as Elisabeth Commelin)
Christophe Hatey Christophe Hatey ... Butcher
François Noël François Noël ... Bike Guy
Yasmine Modestine Yasmine Modestine ... Nurse
Annie-Claude Sauton Annie-Claude Sauton ... Baker
Nathalie Kirzin Nathalie Kirzin ... Round Woman
Ludivine Morissonaud Ludivine Morissonaud ... Clotilde
Arthur Quehen 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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Armenian

Release Date:

13 October 2004 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Angoulême, Charente, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,183, 3 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,880, 13 November 2005
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Dolby | DTS | Dolby SR

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Color
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A work of a rare beauty:
10 December 2006 | by G_a_l_i_n_aSee all my reviews

"Brodeuses" (2004) aka "A Common Thread"- a first feature by Éléonore Faucher is a simple, moving and beautiful film about two unhappy and lonely women, a pregnant unmarried teenager Claire and Madame Mélikian (Ascaride), an older woman grieving over the death of her only son in a motorcycle accident. Claire becomes an assistant for Madam Melikian, an embroiderer for haute couture Parisian designers. Slowly, both women come to need and value each other; they form a close bond through their mutual love for embroidery. Their true friendship will be one of the reasons for Claire to make a very important decision about her future baby. Visually, the film is a work of an exceptional beauty. Almost unknown, it is as exquisite as "Girl with a Pearl Earring" - Lola Naymark (Claire) could've been easily a Vermeer's model with her face of rare charm that shines in every frame and her impossibly beautiful long red hair. Both Naymard and Ariane Ascaride (Madam Melikian) gave outstanding performances in the movie with no bad performances at all.


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