The Lacemaker marks Huppert's breakthrough role, and won her a BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles.  In Claude Goretta's bittersweet twist on the Cinderella story, Huppert plays Pomme, shy beautician who falls rapturously in love with a handsome student, François (Yves Beneyton). He is captivated by her, but his inability to appreciate her inner beauty leads to heartbreaking tragedy for the fragile young woman. Pomme's final prolonged stare into the camera – as though posing for a portrait by Vermeer, one of whose paintings of working-women gives the film its title – invites each spectator to look beyond external appearances and to judge how they would have responded to her.

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