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Sequins (Brodeuses) (A Common Thread)

Sequins (Brodeuses) (A Common Thread) (2005)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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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,

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Feels like one idea stretched into a modest, colorful display. But what a sweet display it is.

September 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Becomes a quiet tribute to friendship, and to the way that something torn can be made perfect again.

August 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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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.

May 27, 2005
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In this decorous trifle from France, the director Éléonore Faucher builds her story with studied deliberation and piece by precious piece.

May 26, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

May 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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.

August 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Sequins is a lovely calling card for its maker and its stars.

July 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

...Éléonore Faucher's film is a timeless, multi-layered affair of artistry, apprenticeship, friendship and love

June 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

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.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Faucher's filmmaking is exquisite, Naymark's acting is luminous, and superb use of music lends a crowning touch.

May 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

A lyrical look at the fabric of maternity.

May 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

At the film's heart is an acutely observed and sensitively played relationship between two people very much in need of one another.

May 10, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

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.

May 8, 2005 Full Review Source: european-films.net
european-films.net

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.

March 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

True to its metaphysical fixation with the art of embroidery, characters often feel like strands undone from an uncompromising human tapestry.

March 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A lyrical but realistic ode to motherhood

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Those who stick with it will be rewarded with a lovely story about people picking up the pieces of their shattered lives.

February 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Sequins (Brodeuses) (A Common Thread)

A well done character study, this follows a young woman dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Claire (Lola Naymark) hides her pregnancy from her friends and family as long as she can and even changes jobs to prevent discovery. The job change provides Claire with the sanctuary she needs to begin to come to grips with her situation and to sort out her options, even as she helps her new employer come to grips with her own tragedy. The young actress captivated this viewer. She is quite beautiful with the most luxurious head of red hair this viewer can remember seeing. But her ability to communicate her hidden emotions non-verbally was extraordinary. Ariane Ascaride played her employer, Madame Melikian, and brought a quiet dignity to the role of a mother dealing with the loss of a child. The supporting actors offered solid performances that fleshed out the story. Some lovely scenery and interesting camera work complete the package.
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