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

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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: Art House & International , Classics , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
Directed By: Agnès Varda , Jacques Demy
Written By: Jacques Demy
In Theaters: wide
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Miramax-Zoe

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Cast

Catherine Deneuve
as Delphine Garnier--sung by Anne Germain
George Chakiris
as Etienne--sung by Romuald
Françoise Dorléac
as Solange Garnier--sung by Claude Parent
Jacques Perrin
as Maxence--sung by Jacques Revaux
Grover Dale
as Bill--sung by Jose Bartel
Gene Kelly
as Andy Miller--sung by Donald Burke
Genevieve Thenier
as Josette--sung by Alice Gerald
Pamela Hart
as Judith--sung by Christiane Legrand
Jacques Riberolles
as Guillaume Lancien--sung by Jean Stout
Michel Piccoli
as Simon Dame--sung by George Blaness
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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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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 13, 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 4, 2008
Variety
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Jolliest of the Demy-Michel Legrand operettas.

Full Review… | January 25, 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)

½

In "The Young Girls of Rochefort," twin sisters Delphine(Catherine Deneuve) and Solange(Francoise Dorleac) teach music in a small town, dreaming of the big city, while their mother Yvonne(Danielle Darrieux) tends bar. In the meantime, the big city will just have to come to them when the carnival comes to town. So, when Etienne(George Chakiris) and Bill(Grover Dale) are not performing, they also have the time to pick up Yvonne's younger son Boubou(Patrick Jeantet) from school. Pulling off an old-fashioned musical could be a challenge at the best of times, but considering "The Young Girls of Rochefort" was made after they went out of fashion, this was an all the more impressive and entertaining win for Jacques Demy, fitting it also nicely into the wider Demyverse. But the movie does get weighed down by enough plot for ten movies that also includes a running joke about a character's name being Dame, a Gemini spaceship reference that I got despite being born a year after this movie was made and I am pretty sure there was also a murder mystery somewhere. At the same time, there is Michel Piccoli singing, Catherine Deneuve playing the trumpet and Gene Kelly singing in French and dancing, showing he still had it in his second to last film role.

Walter M.
Walter M.
½

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
Jennifer Xu
½

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

Keysha H
Keysha H

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