The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) (1968)

The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)



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Romance begins busting out all over in Rochefort. A fair is being organized, giving the town an air of excitement and effervescence. Twin sisters Delphine, a dance teacher, and Solange, a pianist and a composer, dream of making it big in the world of music. The sisters, like many in Rochefort, including a dashing American pianist, are looking for love, without realizing that their ideal partners are right before their eyes.

Rating: G
Genre: Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jacques Demy
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On DVD: Jan 22, 2002

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Critic Reviews for The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (10)

A euphoric swirl of sherbet colors, Jacques Demy's Hollywood-musical homage The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) elevates even the most mundane actions to the spectacular ...

Full Review… | April 8, 2014
Village Voice
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Despite the consistently sprightly surface, there's a somber undercurrent that lingers even when love triumphs and the music swells.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014
Time Out
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A luminous musical about dreams, romance and destiny which lovingly reworks the classic Hollywood 'putting on a show' template into an essay on the emotional rollercoaster ride that is movie-going.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
Time Out
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It has charm, sustained human observation, mixed with catchy music, dances and songs to come up as a tuner with grace and dynamism.

Full Review… | June 5, 2008
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Jolliest of the Demy-Michel Legrand operettas.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Certainly the best musical in some time.

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)


The musical numbers seriously look like they came out of a porno - but a charming, classy, softcore kind of porno (especially the twins one!). That's pretty much how I'd describe this entire movie - innocently, campily sexual.

Jennifer Xu

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Marvelous, whimsical and fun. I can only rank this film second to the Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

Keysha H

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"the young girls of rochefort" is the dynamic french musical classic with a fairly young angelic catherine deneuve. and it is restricted to people who have an acceptance to the cliched parisian naivete of french romanticism. the storyline is delineated with an innocent stroke of ever after fairy tale which could be mindless but exquisitedly cherographed and the music is brighteningly melodic.

how about the story? absolutely corny and it's about "love"(amour) again. it's about two female ingenunes who seek for the ideal dream lovers. it shows its fatalistic belief in love and bond arranged in the heaven that is not a topic suited for cynist. but it's so contrived to the histrionic pretense that is meant not to be taken seriously for relaxation. but the stage effects of backset, constumes and techicolor tones are well-adjusted and that makes it highly watchable and warmingly cute if you disregard their smug poise to sing and dance on the streets and exclaims "i'm in love!" and this silliness requires the leads who are charismatic enough to sell it, catherine deneuve and francoise dorleac would be in this niche with their looks and light-weighted voice.

it is amazing to see deneuve kicking her leg, holding her girlish hat in musical then stripped off naked as the masochist in "belle de jour" which is also released in 1968. "the young girls of rochefort" proves the diverse caliber of catherine deneuve.

Veronique Kwak

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