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Criticism of ‘Haute Couture’, a fable about fashion

Sylvie Ohayon directs a huge Nathalie Baye and Lyna Khoudri.

    It could have been a western, swashbuckling adventure movie, or even an episode of Star Wars, because what ‘Haute couture’ delicately recounts is none other than the forging of the hero, in this case, the heroine. Sylvie Ohayon places the teacher and her disciple in today’s Paris, with its social integration conflicts, and substitutes special effects, action sequences and complex initiation tests for the hypnotic day-to-day in an exquisite sewing workshop, with its rites and superstitions in a very careful staging.

    Fate unites, as in fables, the path of the protagonists. Esther, lonely, rebellious and insurmountable in her art, lives in the uneasiness of not having a follower in her work. But as soon as she sees Jade of hers, she recognizes in her the necessary virtues to be one. Jade, for her part, shows the inexperience and awkwardness of youth. Magnificent Nathalie Baye, with a sobriety that hides tenderness, and Lyna Khoudri, that meets all the expectations he created in ‘Papicha, dreams of freedom’ (Mounia Meddour, 2019).

    For those interested in fashion and in the adventures that are lived here and now

    The worst: the good spirit that ends up staining the initial hardness.


    Address: Sylvie Ohayon Distribution: Nathalie Baye, Lyna Khoudri, Pascale Arbillot, Claude Perron, Soumaye Bocoum, Adam Bessa, Alexandrina Turcan Country: France Year: 2021 Release date: 22–07-2022 Gender: Drama Script: Sylvie Ohayon, Sylvie Verheyde Duration: 100 minutes

    Synopsis: Esther is the head of the Maison Dior workshop and participated in her last Haute Couture collection before retiring. One day, 20-year-old Jade steals her bag on the subway. But the young woman is sorry for what she has done and she decides to return the bag to her owner. Despite the incident, Esther is intrigued by the young woman’s behavior. She is convinced that she has talent and offers her the chance to join the Maison Dior workshops as an apprentice. It is an opportunity to transmit to Jade a trade that she has always been inspired by the beauty of the gesture…

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