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December 9, 2015
Adorable. Sweet. Nicely acted. Lovely music and production design. #funny #enfrancaise
August 5, 2015
A cute and perky film. At first, I was a disappointed at the sexualization of Rose at first, but Rose grows with the cinematography. It might just be the way they wanted it to be.
½ January 19, 2015
One of my Ultimate Favorite French Films. Funny. Smart. Supremely entertaining
January 2, 2015
a cute film about life in the 50s in france and it makes the typewriter so hip again
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½ October 28, 2014
There's so much to love about this French romantic comedy that centers on the world of speed tying in the late fifties. As a period piece, this film was produced convincingly. The costumes are authentic, the sets are bright and brilliant, and the attitudes are pure Parisian metropolitan. The subject matter of speed typing was engrossing and was handled splendidly, rising in tension from one scene to the next. The training sessions were interesting, the inner personal relationships were also, and the love story, though mishandled at times, was an adorable adage to the rest of the plot. The competition was so fierce and unbridled that it almost made me uncomfortable, and for some reason the stakes were quite high, even though our main character Rose (Francois) didn't even initially want to compete. This film fuses all the best aspects of the fifties aesthetic with the vintage idyllic themes of a classic love story. It feels quite authentic, and it's beautiful to boot, making it a traditional and yet contemporary film.
August 20, 2014
Adorable retro comedy that, being french, is sufficiently sexualized to tiptap on the head of hollywoodian light romance counterparts of today. Smart and sexy.
½ July 30, 2014
As someone who grew up watching Jimmy Stewart, Kathryn Hepburn, Cary Grant... I loved this NEW french film set in the 1950's - witty and romantic. Aaron liked it too, and he's not as crazy as I am about old movies.
½ July 26, 2014
A solid sweet comedy!! The film keeps going despite a predictable script/outcome & a girl from Bas Normadie takes the world championship! Great music accompaniment (unexpected!! Tango/Cha cha in France?!) Best line: "America for business, France for love!!"
July 22, 2014
An adorable movie that is well acted, with likable characters, and fun.
June 24, 2014
Comedia romantica francesa que recupera lo mejor de la era del oro hollywoodense. Bien podria haber sido interpretada en su momento por Cary Grant y Audrey Hepburn, con quien los personajes principales guardan mas de una relacion. Los creditos iniciales simulan los de las comedias de Blake Edwards tipo The Party o The Pink Panther. Para romanticos tan rosa como la populaire de Pamphyle y nostalgicos del star system y el show business clasico. A ratos parce un capitulo alargado de Hechizada (Bewitched).
½ June 22, 2014
"Populaire" es una comedia romántica ambientada a finales de los años 50 protagonizada por la exquisita Deborah Francois acerca de una joven con un sueño que termina en un romance con su jefe y en una competencia a nivel mundial de mecanografía. El director Regis Roinsard cuida con sumo detalle el ambiente de la época que nos lleva a una época tan bella como simple.
May 15, 2014
Ridiculously cute. It captures the era both in culture and film making. The actors are charismatic. Actually, I'm going with ridiculously charismatic.
½ April 9, 2014
visually cute at times; ultimately lacking in substance, and a little too self conscious
½ March 16, 2014
C'est Magnifique! I adored every minute of this, I get to one of the films being shown during the Sydney French Film Festival each year and this was the pick for 2014 and as usual it was brilliant. This was like a romantic comedy from the thirties, predictable but quirky, funny and clever with a touch of melodrama that only the French can pull off. Gorgeous costumes, lovely colours and really, really cool typewriters! This film makes typing interesting, even I dare say, thrilling - quite a feat!
½ February 26, 2014
A well-presented, tidy little farce that entertains.
½ February 23, 2014
Expected, but beautifully executed and charming in every details...
½ January 18, 2014
Populaire à le défaut de trop ressembler à un film américain. Charmant dans l'ensemble le film ne s'élève jamais beaucoup au-dessus de ce qualificatif. Pas un mauvais moment de cinéma, mais un moment vite oublié.
½ January 14, 2014
A simple yet charming film, in a very French way. Everything is simple, from the 1950s setting to the plot and the characters, and of course no twist-and-turn whatsoever. Still, the rapid typing "sport" (!) can bring joy to audience through the light-hearted and somehow innocent acting by Duris and François. The costume design is also perfect for this film with simple but very elegant designs that can make any pretentious Hollywood film look miserable. A joy to watch.
January 2, 2014
French romantic comedy set in the late 50's. Rose Pamphyle is a 21 year old girl, daughter of a village grumpy businessman; determined not to marry the son of the local mechanic she travels to Lysieux and applies for a job as a secretary in a small insurance firm where the boss, Louis Echard notices how fast she can type despite her lack of secretarial skills. Highly driven and emotionally damaged Louis decides to take a chance on her and trains her for typing competitions. Along the way feelings for each other start to surface interfering with the Rose's progress.
This is a movie that has it all, beautiful locations, glossy colours, well researched sceneries and costumes and a relatively rare subject: typing competitions which apparently were extremely popular at the time. It has good lead actors and a director that clearly believed in the story he was making. Some parts of the film remind us of a sports movie, not only because typing was almost a sport but also because of the strong sense of rivalry between participants. The conception of this film has a solid Hollywood influence but without the obvious clichés that can be a little annoying sometimes, so we get quality storytelling but without a moral lesson.
It is good fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
½ December 27, 2013
Jolly romantic romp with added nostalgia for those who actually remember how physical the simple act of typing used to be. Does a brave job in making that mundane activity cinematic enough to be interesting. Period detail in set design and art direction achingly good. Other period details not so accurate. Nobody gave anyone the finger in 1958, not even American typing champions.
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