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Claire has managed quite well since moving off her parents farm and into a quaint studio in Angoulême. Her supermarket cashiers job pays the bills, but more importantly, it promises Claire enough spare time to design the intricately beautiful embroideries that are her passion. But all this is jeopardized when Claire learns that she is pregnant, at the tender age of 17.
Deciding to give birth anonymously, she finds refuge with Madame Melikian, an embroiderer for haute couture designers. Madame Melikian has buried herself in work following the death of her beloved son. Day by day, stitch by stitch, as Claires belly grows rounder, the threads of embroidery create a filial bond between them. In time, the grief-stricken mentor and her anxious apprentice will stop protecting themselves and start helping one another.
- Deleted scenes
- Script excerpts read by actress Ariane Ascaride
- Booket featuring interviews with the director
Top Customer Reviews
An original proposal that deals with the strength of spirit that implies to be in that awful situation. There are moving sequences that will engage the spectator. A little gem from that sensitive young director: Eleanor Faucher.
Life is hard.
What's really important in this film is the steady revealing of character rather than type, feminist or what not. A full range of daily life in Angoulême as well as accompanying significant emotions felt by 17 year old girl Claire (Lola Naymark) is nicely explored. In addition we can enjoy the beautiful cinematography and a pacing and tone similar to The Girl with the Pearl Earring to make it feel like a period piece although set in contemporary France.
The characterization is so well-defined that Claire transcends her pregnancy while living with it completely. We experience her life with an unwanted pregnancy through her varying relationships with her girlfriends at school; affection for her little brother; and even the unspoken pain she feels talking on the telephone with her demanding mother. We follow Claire into her gynecologist's office where keeping the baby or adoption seems to be the prevailing (anti-feminist?)context for this film.
There is a mood of understated suspense in the film. A tendency to depression surrounds her circumstances.Read more ›
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