Dir. Claude Goretta, 1977, 107 min, 35 mm
With Isabelle Huppert, Yves Beneyton, Florence Giorgetti, Annemarie Duringer
In French with English subtitles
Isabelle Huppert made her international breakthrough with this sensitive performance in the role of Pomme, an inexperienced hairdresser’s assistant who falls in love with François, a bourgeois literature student. While the young couple initially finds happiness, their different backgrounds soon put a strain on the relationship, sending Pomme into a dangerous depression.
Shot when Huppert was in her early twenties, The Lacemaker bears witness to the transition from a shy, blushing young girl to a haunted—and haunting—mature woman, revealing the full breadth of this great actress’s talents.
“Isabelle Huppert is extraordinary as the childish girl living with a doting mother and working as an assistant hairdresser.”