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The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
"Les demoiselles de Rochefort" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Musical  -  11 April 1968 (USA)
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Delphine and Solange are two sisters living in Rochefort. Delphine is a dancing teacher and Solange composes and teaches the piano. Maxence is a poet and a painter. He is doing his military... See full summary »

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Etienne
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Solange Garnier (as Françoise Dorleac)
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Maxence
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Simon Dame
Jacques Riberolles ...
Guillaume Lancien
Grover Dale ...
Bill
Geneviève Thénier ...
Josette (as Geneviève Thenier)
Henri Crémieux ...
Subtil Dutrouz (as Henri Cremieux)
Pamela Hart ...
Judith
Leslie North ...
Esther
Patrick Jeantet ...
Boubou Garnier
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Andy Miller
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Yvonne Garnier
René Pascal ...
Pépé (as René Bazart)
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Storyline

Delphine and Solange are two sisters living in Rochefort. Delphine is a dancing teacher and Solange composes and teaches the piano. Maxence is a poet and a painter. He is doing his military service. Simon owns a music shop, he left Paris once month ago to come back where he fell in love 10 years ago. They are looking for love, looking for each other, without being aware that their ideal partner is very close... A film whose scenario is much less important than its feeling of euphory, according to the director Jacques Demy. Written by Yepok

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11 April 1968 (USA)  »

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The Young Girls of Rochefort  »

Box Office

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$9,907 (USA) (14 August 1998)

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$88,463 (USA) (25 September 1998)
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French new-wave director Agnès Varda (Demy's wife) makes a cameo in the film as a nun who visits a music shop. See more »

Goofs

In the dance sequences when Andy first arrives, the dancers are in full sun in the street but by the end the shadows have almost covered the entire width of the street. See more »

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[in French, using English subtitles]
Bill: Set up here?
Etienne: OK.
Bill: OK.
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Soundtracks

De Hambourg à Rochefort
(uncredited)
Written by Michel Legrand
Courtesy of Warner Chappell Music France /BMG Publishing
Performed by Jacques Perrin (dubbed by Jacques Revaux), George Chakiris (dubbed by Romuald),
Françoise Dorléac (dubbed by Claude Parent), Gene Kelly (dubbed by Donald Burke),
, Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve (dubbed by Anne Germain), Grover Dale (dubbed by José Bartel) and Michel Piccoli (dubbed by Georges Blaness)
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We are twin sisters...
23 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

When the movie was released in France,it was looked upon by most of the critics as a failure.Since it has been restored to favor and enjoys a high rating on the IMDb.

Hindsight reveals that Demy's work thoroughly deserved its restoring to favor.It's all the more precious as it was to be the only movie where the Dorleac sisters (Catherine and Françoise) would appear together,after the latter's tragic death.

A whole town is singing and dancing ,a whole town which painter Demy colors in pastel blue ,green ,yellow,pink just as he did in Cherbourg,three years before.But,unlike "the parapluies",the lines are not sung,it's actually closer to American musicals ,which Gene Kelly's and George Chakiris's presence reinforces.The French cast is also very exciting:Danielle Darrieux is marvelously cast as the mother (she would often be Deneuve 's mother,check "8 femmes"!)and there's also a Demy's favorite ,Jacques Perrin (who would be Prince Charming in "Peau d'âne)and Michel Piccoli.

Michel Legrand,without whom a Demy movie would not exist, gave one of his best tunes "the twin sisters song" .

As I said at the beginning of my comment,the movie met mixed critical reception when it was released and not-so-great commercial success.Demy exiled himself to America where he made the uneven "Model shop" ;but "Peau d'Ane" (1970) reasserted his talent in his native country.


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