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The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)

The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) (1969)

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Average Rating: 8.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 0

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
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Jacques Demy directed this frothy tribute to the Hollywood musicals of the 1940s, a follow-up to his earlier success The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964). Twin sisters Delphine and Solange (played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorleac) live in the small coastal town of Rochefort, where they run a school teaching dancing and music. Both feel frustrated in Rochefort, and they dream of travelling to Paris, where they believe romance and opportunity awaits them. Meanwhile, their

Jan 22, 2002

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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 ...

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: 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.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: 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.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Jolliest of the Demy-Michel Legrand operettas.

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

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The true pleasures of The Young Girls of Rochefort are its smaller touches.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

The results are a bit like eating too much ice cream sundae.

June 23, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The fondant-fancy colours make the film all the more escapist, yet some pop songs can pierce you to the core.

August 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A very welcome rerelease of Demy's delightful 1967 musical.

August 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The result is uncommonly pleasing or defiantly twee: take your choice.

August 17, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

An intriguing mix of French New Wave and Hollywood Musical, this still succeeds in sweeping you off your feet.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A decidedly old-fashioned delight.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Reminiscent of a Shakespearean comedy and seems to tap into a romantic yearning that is hardwired into our DNA. Absolutely sublime.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

There's something irresistibly swinging, even promiscuous, about the whole affair.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

What makes the film so lovable and still so gladsomely alive today is how closely it hews to Demy's distinctive, celebratory vision of life.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Life affirming dance routines, the wonderful music of Michel Legrand and effervescent presence of Catherine Deneuve, her real life sister Françoise Dorléac, George Chakiris and Gene Kelly; what more could you want?

March 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

I like it better than the decidedly more grim The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

January 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Elaborate, romantic French musical, follow-up to "Umbrellas of Cherbourg

May 28, 2005

This is a film about music and color, an impressive follow-up to the similar The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Friends and family on my Christmas list might just see this disc in their stocking

April 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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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.
May 1, 2011
jennifxu

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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.
June 8, 2008
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Veronique Kwak

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Enjoyed this film more than expected! Surprising how different it is from "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg." For starters, it's in color, and *what* colors! The hue of every shirt, pant and dress is carefully selected, and every shot is loaded with brightly painted walls, cars, etc. Eye candy? You bet. The story is also considerably more upbeat than the melancholy "Cherbourg" -- wow, what a date movie this would be. Though I have no idea why Demy chose to include an incongruous subplot about an unsolved murder. Huh? In any case, the rest is all about love, love, love. Multiple characters are separated but destined to come together (not only potential lovers, but parents and children), so the ticklish suspense is waiting for this person and *that* person to meet or reunite. But the plot isn't especially important, because the fun is mostly about Michel Legrand's elegant, oh-so-French songs. And of course, it's touching to see Gene Kelly dancing on film for one of the last times in his career.

An added emotional resonance of "The Young Girls of Rochefort" is that it stars Catherine Deneuve and her sister Francoise Dorleac, who are obviously having a ball singing and dancing together. And tragically, Dorleac was killed in a car accident during the same year. At the age of 25. I can't even imagine the intense mix of feelings which this film must arouse in Deneuve today.
March 3, 2010
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

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