430 Plandome Road
2021 | Sylvie Ohayon | Comedy, Drama | France, in French with English subtitles | 119 min
Ticket pricing: $12 Member, $15 Non-Member, $20 at the door – all sales are final.
“Haute Couture” is a charming drama that takes viewers inside the House of Dior for a fascinating look at the world of high fashion, told through the stories of two women: Esther (legendary French icon Nathalie Baye) and Jade (rising star Lyna Khoudri).
Esther is at the end of her career as Head Seamstress at Dior Avenue Montaigne workshop. One day, she gets her handbag stolen in the metro by a 20 years old girl, Jade. Instead of calling the police she decides to take care of Jade. She sees in her the opportunity to pass on her skills, the craft of dressmaking, her only wealth. In the frenetic world of Haute Couture, Esther will give Jade la beauté du geste, a way to reach beyond herself.
“Nearly 50 years after her film debut in Truffaut’s Day for Night, French icon Nathalie Baye plays Esther, head of the dressmaking studio at Christian Dior. After her purse is stolen on the way to work, it’s reluctantly returned by streetwise Jade (rising star Lyna Khoudri) and an unlikely mentor-protégé relationship is born. This winning and winsome feature is no formulaic Cinderella story: Esther and Jade have complicated lives of their own, and matching bullheadedness and biases to overcome. Nor is the high-end fashion milieu, in style capital Paris itself, an easy mistress to serve. But with its fascinatingly meticulous attention to stunningly detailed couture creation, writer-director Sylvie Ohayon’s beguiling film turns us—and the initially resistant Jade—into converts. The film also deftly weaves into its fabric the ways that the Parisian old guard of high fashion is steadily giving way to new talent, reflecting the increasingly diverse demographics of gifted young creatives.” – Dennis Harvey
Read an interview with Director Sylvie Ohayon & Cineuropa HERE.
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