Sequins (Brodeuses) (A Common Thread) (2005)
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Claire (Lola Naymark of Monsieur Ibrahim) is a teenager who works as a supermarket cashier. She has moved out of her family's home and into a small apartment, partly because she doesn't get along with her parents, and partly because she doesn't want them to find out that she's pregnant. When co-workers begin to comment on her weight gain, Claire tells them she has cancer, and asks for medical leave. While staying with her girlfriend's family, Claire learns that her girlfriend's scarred brother,
May 27, 2005 Limited
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Feels like one idea stretched into a modest, colorful display. But what a sweet display it is.
Becomes a quiet tribute to friendship, and to the way that something torn can be made perfect again.
Éléonore Faucher's quietly assured debut is a lovely, almost painfully intimate story of female bonding that never panders to its characters or its audience.
Eleonore Faucher, first-time director (and co-writer) of the French charmer Sequins, is well aware of Neymark's allure and sees to it that the young woman is seldom out of the frame.
In this decorous trifle from France, the director Éléonore Faucher builds her story with studied deliberation and piece by precious piece.
Sequins hinges on its performances and newcomer Naymark is a marvel of quiet intelligence, endowing Claire with a complex mix of virginal purity and hormonal rage.
There's barely a laugh or a smile in the entire film and, after a while, there's just so much quietly desperate angst and anomie a viewer can take.
At its best, the film is as delicate and lovely as the gorgeous sequin-embroidered designs the women spin on spider webs of diaphanous materials.
...Éléonore Faucher's film is a timeless, multi-layered affair of artistry, apprenticeship, friendship and love
Touched with eerie dream sequences, the film casts a strange spell that's enhanced by the rhythmic, almost sensual depiction of the painstaking art of embroidery.
Faucher's filmmaking is exquisite, Naymark's acting is luminous, and superb use of music lends a crowning touch.
At the film's heart is an acutely observed and sensitively played relationship between two people very much in need of one another.
Brodeuses shows us rookie director Faucher's complete control over her material. A small gem of a film high on atmosphere and with two pitch-perfect performances.
An exquisitely filmed and acted story about the way beauty serves as a healing force in the lives of an adolescent girl and a grieving mother.
True to its metaphysical fixation with the art of embroidery, characters often feel like strands undone from an uncompromising human tapestry.
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