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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


    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...

    Actors (39)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Euripide Productions, Ah ! Victoria ! Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    France tv distribution

    Co-productions :

    STUDIOCANAL, France 2 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Goutte d'Or Distribution

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    [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

    Photos (3)

    Full credits (17)

    Executive Producers :

    Daniel Toscan du Plantier, Pascal Thomas, Frédéric Sichler

    Adaptation :

    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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    Runtime :

    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)