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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Isabelle Hupperts first big movie. See more »

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Essentially, this movie examines love from a class-based perspective
21 December 2006 | by wmbarnes1See all my reviews

The student from Paris and his friends are intellectuals. He reads Le Monde. He is stamped by his background. The girl is in love with love. Everywhere she turns, there is love and passion evident, even through the hotel's thin walls. She only wishes to please and outwardly doesn't project herself as a self-regulated person. Her lower class background is clear before she goes on vacation where she meets the student. Although they stay in the same hotel, this is about the only thing they have in common beside the bed they share, but being removed from their normal lives just delays the obvious. Love is idyllic at first for everyone. She is hopelessly adrift among his friends in Paris and cannot communicate with them. This class based depiction is consistent with how many French view that one's birth divides a person from the other classes.

The class-based system exists here in the South, but I have a feeling that passion and love and familiarity more readily breaks down barriers than those 30 years ago in France.

This is a movie well worth seeing.


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