The Lacemaker

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The Lacemaker
The Lacemaker.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Claude Goretta
Produced by Lise Fayolle
Yves Gasser
Screenplay by Claude Goretta
Pascal Lainé
Based on La Dentellière
by Pascal Lainé
Starring Isabelle Huppert
Yves Beneyton
Music by Pierre Jansen
Cinematography Jean Boffety
Edited by Joële Van Effenterre
Distributed by Jupiter Communications
Release date
  • 25 May 1977 (1977-05-25)
Running time
107 minutes
Country France
Language French

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]


In Paris, the shy and virginal Béatrice 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 the Lacemaker.


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The original soundtrack music composed by Pierre Jansen for La Dentellière was released on CD by Canadian label Disques Cinemusique.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "La Dentellière". Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Canby, Vincent. "New York Times: The Lacemaker". NY Times. Retrieved 24 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Lacemaker". Retrieved 10 May 2009. 

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