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Tuesday, January 17 at 8:30pm Miami Theater Center
Monday, January 23 at 8:30pm Miami Theater Center

France | 119 minutes | 2021

Haute Couture

Southeast US Premiere

Nearly 50 years after her film debut in Francois Truffaut’s mesmerizing ode to filmmaking Day for Night, French icon Nathalie Baye stars in this modern-day Cinderella story set in the behind-the-scenes world of high fashion. On the precipice of retirement as Head Seamstress at the Dior Avenue Montaigne workshop, Esther’s (Nathalie Baye) handbag is snatched in a subway tunnel. The culprit is Jade (rising star Lyna Khoudri), an aimless 20-year-old who lives in a cramped apartment with her ailing mother, and spends much of her time robbing affluent strangers in the city. Struck with a bout of guilt, Jade returns the belongings and in a surprise turn, rather than handing her over to the police, Esther takes Jade under her wing as her dressmaking protégé, giving birth to an unlikely friendship. With meticulous attention to stunningly detailed couture creation, writer-director Sylvie Ohayon’s beguiling film turns us — and the initially resistant Jade — into converts. The film also deftly weaves into its fabric how the Parisian old guard of high fashion is steadily giving way to new talent, reflecting the increasingly diverse demographics of gifted young creatives. In the frenetic world of Haute Couture, Esther will give Jade la beauté du geste, a way to reach beyond herself.

Director's Bio

Directed by Sylvie Ohayon

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Sylvie Ohayon is a novelist, screenwriter, and director. She adapted her feature directing debut, Papa Was Not a Rolling Stone, from her own novel in 2013. Haute Couture is Sylvie’s second feature film.

Cast and Credits


Sylvie Ohayon


Sylvie Ohayon, Sylvie Verheyde


George Lechaptois


Mike Fromentin


Nathalie Baye, Lyna Khoudri, Pascale Arbillot

Film Info






119 minutes


French with English subtitles
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