Haute Couture **
by Sylvie Ohayon
French film, 1 h 59
When a job is all about passion, retirement can feel like the end of the world. Close to the great void represented by the end of her activity, Esther, the first in a sewing workshop at Dior, sacrificed everything to make the creations of the house’s stylists, not balking either at the length of the days or at the weekends. ends of work.
When, more out of superstition than out of remorse, Jade brings him back the bag that she pickpocketed in the metro, Esther shows her the workshop before offering her, against all odds, an internship. Idle, the young woman enters out of curiosity into this world of small hands and luxury, a thousand leagues from her desperate daily life in Seine-Saint-Denis, where she takes care of her depressed mother and zone with Souad, her best friend.
A modern, tender and sassy fable
The cinema often stages these duets that everything opposes but which will mutually enrich each other. Haute Couture brings its contribution with strong characters and an attractive painting of the universe of the seamstresses, who work in this very high-end craftsmanship, their strict hierarchy and their irreproachable love of work on exceptional fabrics. Nathalie Baye camps with Esther a woman who gradually reveals her flaws under her strength, and her softness under a certain stiffness. In the role of rough Jade, careful not to be moved, Lyna Khoudri sparkles as in each of her films (Papicha by Mounia Meddour, Only an impure blood… by Abdel Raouf Dafri, The French Dispatch by Wes Anderson, etc.)
Around them, Pascale Arbillot and Clotilde Courau, Soumaye Bocoum and Romain Brau compose endearing supporting roles, all served by spirited dialogues which add a pretty impertinence to this tender modern fable. If the staging contrasts the tranquility and soft light of the workshops with the bustle of the city, it knows how to show both the sophisticated beauty of the Maison Dior dresses and the gestures of the seamstresses as well as that, obviously quite different, of the city where Jade lives with her solidarity and her life that sparkles on each floor.