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The Young Girls of Rochefort pays colorful homage to classic Hollywood musicals while earning its own emotionally affecting place of honor in the genre. Read critic reviews

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Delphine (Catherine Deneuve) and Solange (Françoise Dorléac) are twin sisters who each want to find romance and leave their small seaside town of Rochefort, France. Soon they befriend a couple of visiting carnival workers who frequent their lonely mother's (Danielle Darrieux) café and hire the girls to sing in the carnival. Wanting a career as a songwriter, Solange falls for an American musician, Andy (Gene Kelly), while Delphine dumps her beau and searches Rochefort for her ideal man.

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Critic Reviews for The Young Girls of Rochefort

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  • It must be allowed that [Jacques] Demy is an habitual offender on the count of sentimentality... yet he is capable of a tender, unsentimenial euphoria more intoxicating than any other film work in the field of sentimental farce.

    March 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • Despite the consistently sprightly surface, there's a somber undercurrent that lingers even when love triumphs and the music swells.

    April 8, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The fondant-fancy colours make the film all the more escapist, yet some pop songs can pierce you to the core.

    August 17, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The result is uncommonly pleasing or defiantly twee: take your choice.

    August 17, 2009 | Rating: 4/5
  • An intriguing mix of French New Wave and Hollywood Musical, this still succeeds in sweeping you off your feet.

    August 14, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Young Girls of Rochefort

  • Aug 07, 2017
    A more traditional musical from Demy with some truly delightful songs. He still finds a way to make it all incredibly weird which makes for an interesting mesh of style and genre.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2015
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2014
    What an irresistible offer: ? Catherine Deneuve ? Françoise Dorléac ? Gene Kelly as, once again, an American in Paris ? Agnès Varda having a cameo as a nun who buys music (hah!) ? Eastmancolor ? Musical numbers ? Dance! ? References to a "Lola-Lola" and the famous town of Cherbourg ? Idealistic love everywhere ? Numerous moments that, by the time they end, you realize you've been smiling like an idiot for several minutes straight looking at the screen ? And maybe the best of it all: characters singing rhythmically and with rhymes about an ax/saw murderer that hacks victims to bits ...all of this brought thanks to Demy's increasing international presence as a musical director borrowing the Hollywood tradition for then developing it in unexplored ways (which was a source of criticism against him), and of course, Varda's constant enthusiastic restorations of films directed by Demy. Pure escapism. 79/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2011
    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 X Super Reviewer

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