DVD Review – October 2013 – Populaire

PopulairePopulaire starring Déborah François and Romain Duris, Directed by Régis Roinsard

In this French drama set in the 1950s, a young woman, Rose Pamphyle, who yearns for more than the humdrum existence she seems destined for, is kept firmly in check by her father. He has arranged her engagement to a local mechanic and the girl seems destined to pass from the control of one man to another on her wedding day. However, when Rose travels to Lisieux in Normandy another opportunity presents itself. Though her interview for a secretarial job goes disastrously, she makes the acquaintance of a charismatic manager called Louis Echard (Romain Duris). Impressed by her natural abilities at the keyboard, Louis appoints himself her trainer for a speed typing competition. Can Rose type her way to the life she desires?

This is such a deliriously upbeat film, it’s hard not to get excited by it. Fresh, charming, with more than a hint of Doris Day/Rock Hudson charm. Watch the clip below and then… see this film!

Verdict: The fabulous retro look and joie de vivre charm of this French film is incredibly infectious. *****

This film will be shown at The Harbour Club, Portscatho on Tuesday 15th October.

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