The Lacemaker

The Lacemaker (French: La Dentellière) is a 1977 French drama film directed by Claude Goretta and starring Isabelle Huppert and Yves Beneyton.[1] It is based on the 1974 Prix Goncourt winning novel La Dentellière by Pascal Lainé.[2]

The Lacemaker
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Directed byClaude Goretta
Produced byLise Fayolle
Yves Gasser
Screenplay byClaude Goretta
Pascal Lainé
Based onLa Dentellière
by Pascal Lainé
StarringIsabelle Huppert
Yves Beneyton
Music byPierre Jansen
CinematographyJean Boffety
Edited byJoële Van Effenterre
Distributed byJupiter Communications
Release date
  • 25 May 1977 (1977-05-25)
Running time
107 minutes


In Paris, the shy and virginal Béatrice (known as "Pomme") lives with her mother and works in a hairdressing salon, where her only friend is the lively Marylène. Left by her lover, Marylène suggests that the two girls take a holiday by the sea at Cabourg. There Marylène soon goes off with a new man, leaving Béatrice on her own.

Befriended by the shy student François, the two become lovers and Béatrice moves into his room in Paris. Though he introduces her to his well-off parents and his intellectual friends, she is unable to mix in their worlds. Her deep reserve begins to annoy him and they split up. Losing interest in life, she ends up in a mental hospital.

Full of remorse, François visits her but she wants nothing: she has found a quiet place that suits her inwardness. In her silent anonymity, she is like the unknown girls in paintings such as Vermeer's The Lacemaker.


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  1. ^ "La Dentellière". Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  2. ^ Canby, Vincent (6 October 1977). "Screen: 'Lacemaker' Studies Passivity". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Lacemaker". Retrieved 10 May 2009.

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