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La Dilettante

La Dilettante

A Feature film by Pascal Thomas

Produced by Euripide Productions, Ah ! Victoria ! Films

Release in France : 07/07/1999

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Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producers :

Euripide Productions, Ah ! Victoria ! Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

FTD International Cinéma

Co-productions :

STUDIOCANAL, France 2 Cinéma

French distribution :

Goutte d'Or Distribution

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Dilettante, wavering, neither wanting in energy nor character, yet lacking in patience and obstinacy, and totally defenceless against the bouts of boredom by why she's taken unawares and which she combats by unpremeditated ruptures and sudden abandonings, after almost 15 years in Switzerland, Pierrette Dumortier returns alone to Paris leaving behind her lover, relations, fortune and habits in the hope of starting a new life. Almost penniless, Pierrette goes to live in the suburbs in the studio apartment of her son who's on a training course in a nearby factory and who at first seems more surprised than delighted to see her. In the midst of new encounters and activities how will Pierrette manage to keep –or lose- her balance? Between a son and a daughter whom she'd like to help but who have lost the habit of needing her, between a sudden passion for a media-crazy priest which leads nowhere and an antique dealer who leads her to prison...


[Pierrette] is a singular character. A woman in search of freedom. But people who are free are always surprising and unsettling, because you never know exactly who they are. She's not immoral, just amoral. Immoral carries a negative judgment. Amoral doesn't. Amoral means being indifferent, alien. She is unthinking, carefree and glides over everything.

Catherine Frot – "Elle," 5 July 1999

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Full credits (17)

Executive Producers :

Daniel Toscan du Plantier, Pascal Thomas, Frédéric Sichler

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Nathalie Lafaurie, Pascal Thomas

Director of Photography :

Christophe Beaucarne

Assistant Operator :

Maxime Jouy

Editors :

Catherine Dubeau, Sylvie Lager

Production Designers :

Frédéric Duru, Charles Senard

Foley artist :

Laurent Lévy

French distributors :

Sacha Brasseur, Frédéric Sichler

Location Manager :

Aimeric Bonello

Assistant directors :

Olivier Horlait, Joseph Rapp

Screenwriter :

Jacques Lourcelles

Sound recordists :

Dominique Warnier, Jean-Paul Hurier

Press Attaché (film) :

Denise Breton

Sound editor :

Jeanne Moutard

Music Composer :

Reinhardt Wagner

Costume designers :

Maud Molyneux, Catherine Bouchard

Still Photographer :

Jérôme Prebois

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Feature film

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Social comedy

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100% French (France)

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1 h 58 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (7)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

Selection (2)

Most Promising Actress : Barbara Schulz

Best Actress : Catherine Frot

Acapulco French Film Festival - 1999

Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1999)


French Feature Films

BFI London Film Festival - 1999

BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 1999)


Films selected

Montreal World Film Festival - 1999

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1999)


Out of Competition

Moscow - International Film Festival - 1999

Moscow - International Film Festival (Russia, 1999)


Official Programme


Moscow - International Film Festival - 1999

Moscow - International Film Festival (Russia, 1999)


Award for Best Actress : Catherine Frot

Delegations (2)

Moscow - International Film Festival - 1999

Moscow - International Film Festival (Russia, 1999)